Urinary tract infection
(UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system commonly caused by a bacterium (These are organisms that are too small to be seen without a microscope, which overcomes the body’s defenses in the urinary tract. They can affect the kidneys, bladder, and the tubes that run between them.
The Urinary tract infection are one of the most common types of infection existing. Statistically, 8.1 million infected people visit a doctor every year.
Sub division of Urinary Tract
It (Urinary Tract) can be divided into the upper urinary tract and the lower urinary tract.
Upper urinary tract consists of the kidneys and the ureters that can be affected by UTI. These can be potentially life threatening if bacteria move from the infected kidney into the blood. This condition, called urosepsis, can cause dangerously low blood pressure, shock, and death.
Lower urinary tract consists of the bladder and the urethra.
Urinary Tract Information Symptoms
Typical symptoms of lower tract UTI include:
- burning with urination
- increased frequency of urination without passing much urine
- increased urgency of urination
- bloody urine
- cloudy urine
- urine that looks like cola or tea
- urine that has a strong odor
- pelvic pain in women
- rectal pain in men
Symptoms of upper tract UTI include:
- pain and tenderness in the upper back and sides
Women who are more sexually active are the greatest victims of Urinary tract infection or the infection of bladder or the kidneys. However, men also suffer from this infection but mostly after the age of 50.
What you should do
1. To be sure of your health status, you can self check your status using URISTAT UTI Relief Pak at your convenience if you are too busy or you don’t feel comfortable visiting a doctor yet.
2. If any of the symptoms above arise in your body, opt for antibacterial protection that can relieve you of pains and sustain you before you visit a doctor. Products like, AZO Urinary Tract Defense Antibacterial Protection is fast effective to go to.
3. Take antibiotics as prescribed by your physician. Make sure to take all the medication even though the symptoms disappear because if you stop the treatment early, some of the bacteria may survive and infect you again.
4. Have plenty of rest and if fever persists for long, stay in bed until it gets to normal and you feel better.
5. Drink 6 to 8 soda can size glass of fluids especially water each day to flush out your kidneys and wash out the germs from your urinary tract. If you drink cranberry juice or take vitamin C it shall help to make your urine more acid and keep the infection under control.
6. Urinate as often as you feel the urge and try to empty the bladder completely every time before and after sex.
7. Avoid intake of caffeine or alcohol during the treatment as this irritates the bladder.
8. Take showers rather than taking bath each day and wash the genital area with soap and water. Never use bubble bath or bath oils.
9. Also remember to wipe from front to back after urinating or having a bowel movement because this reduces the chances of germs getting into the bladder. It is also advisable to wear a pants with a cotton crotch.
10. Maintain your follow up visits regularly to cure the infection or else the lingering infection could even damage the kidneys.