Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Disclaimer: Not medical or professional advice.

How do you get/what are UTI infections?

Women suffer from Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) 8 times more often than men since their urethra is much shorter and wider, so it is much easier for pathogenic microbes to get up into the bladder.

The mucous membrane of the bladder has strong immunity guarded by lacto— and bifidobacteria. Usually, this line of defense is enough to repel the microbes' invasion. But as soon as the local immunity weakens, the number of Good bacteria decreases, and the bladder stays unprotected. And then the Aggressors attack. Trauma, stress, excessive alcohol intake, chronic lack of sleep, fatigue, change of sexual partner, poor hygiene, and chronic diseases (diabetes mellitus or caries) can undermine the defense potential of the mucous membrane.

Recent studies by American scientists have identified a link between chronic UTI and depression. It turned out that people suffering from depression are 2 times more likely than others to suffer chronic UTI.

UTI Symptoms

  • Frequent urination and irresistible urge.
  • Burning sensation or soreness while urinating; pain is usually felt above the pubic bone and in the lower back.
  • Frequent urination at night; The urine is usually cloudy, and about 30% of people with UTI have blood in it.
  • Lower abdominal pain.
  • The presence of pus in the urine (revealed by the results of laboratory tests).
  • Sick people (especially children) sometimes cannot hold urine.

Suppose you feel a pain in the lower abdomen, frequent, painful urination (sometimes mixed with blood), or severe pain radiating to the anus or perineum. In that case, you should immediately consult a doctor. Thanks to timely and adequate antibacterial treatment, it will be possible to forget about the disease in a few days. Alas, many do otherwise — they take painkillers and do not go to the doctor. And after a couple of weeks, they are happy to find that the symptoms have subsided and then completely disappeared. Unfortunately, this is not a sign of recovery, but only a sign that acute UTI has turned into a chronic form, which usually proceeds with blurred symptoms: without severe pain and discomfort. In this case, it isn't easy to establish the correct diagnosis, and even more so to recover. Prolonged inflammation in chronic cystitis can lead to pyelonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) and sometimes leads to the need for surgery.

How to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection

  • Choose natural, comfortable underwear.
  • Watch your diet: the diet should contain fruits and vegetables - due to the content of vitamins and organic acids, the body's resistance to infections increases.
  • Drink plenty of fluids — water speeds up the metabolism and removes toxins from the body faster.
  • Treating chronic inflammatory diseases: frequent tonsillitis, chronic tonsillitis, and carious teeth are bad for health.

UTI is a disease that requires an immediate response and proper drug therapy. An incorrectly chosen antibiotic or the wrong dose will make the treatment at least useless and at the most dangerous: it will cause drug resistance in bacteria and drive the infection into a dormant state.

At Lake Conway, you can take an express test to receive an accurate diagnosis. You can get rid of UTI in 6-8 days.

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