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Helpful ideas to avoid urinary tract infections

Updated on April 22, 2014

Information on Avoiding Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection is one of the most serious health problems which affect millions of people all over the world. They are known to account for more visits to the doctor than anything else.

Women are more susceptible to these types of infections than men. Although either sex can suffer from serious infections if not treated. Even babies may be affected.

Only respiratory infections occur more often than urinary infections.

What is a Urinary Tract Infection?

Urinary tract Infections (UTI) like cystitis can cause major problems in humans at any age. Many forms of cystitis are caused by bacteria living in the bowel, which is not a problem by itself. When the bacteria reaches the urethra and enters the bladder is when it can cause an infection.

The kidneys, bladder and urethra form the urinary system. The kidneys remove excess liquids and wastes from our blood in the form of urine. And it helps to keep a balance of salts and substances in our blood to produce hormones to form our red blood cells.

What causes a urinary Infection?

Infections often start when bacteria from our digestive tract normally clings to the opening of the urethra and starts to multiply. The most common type of bacteria is (E.coli) which lives in the colon.

An obstruction to the flow of urine, like a kidney stone or an enlarged prostrate gland could start an infection. Use of Catheters can add to the risk of obtaining infections.

Types of Infections

  • Cystitis is an infection of our bladder
  • Pyelonephritis is an infection of our kidneys
  • Urethritis is an infection of our urethra

Common Symptoms of Urine Infection

Women who suffer from urinary tract Infections, like cystitis are likely to experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain and burning sensations associated with cystitis
  • Increased frequency of urination.
  • The bladder feels full even after urination.
  • Blood in the urine.

Avoiding Urinary Tract Infections

Contact your doctor at the first sign of a urinary infection. Obtain a specimen container from the doctor, then catch a sample mid stream (start a pee- catch some- then finish pee) Always do another pee to empty the bladder, which will reduce the infection. At least that is what the doctors have advised me to do.

Make sure you take sample of urine when visiting doctor if you think you have an infection.

Sometimes one treatment is not enough, you may have to return and get another dose.

Remember - Prevention is so much better than the cure, although it is not always that simple.

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      Dollie 

      3 years ago

      Gosh, I wish I would have had that inmoifatron earlier!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Teresa Schultz, yes I would watch him and if happens again take him to the doctor, you can never be too sure.

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      Teresa Schultz 

      8 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks for the info - my one son has had slight urinary tract infections from time to time, not really serious enough to go to the doctor about, but it's irritating for him to keep feeling that he needs to urinate again, after having just done so. It hasn't popped up in a while, and I usually just give him plenty to drink when it does pop up, and it seems to go away. I'll keep my eye on the problem, though.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      london girl yes you are right a real pain. Especially when it comes back repeatedly. As a teenager my doctor virtually suggested that it was from bad hygeine.

      I learnt and knew that was wrong from my experience.

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      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      Cystitis is horrible. I used to get it really badly as a child, and ended up with repeated kidney infections. That wasn't much fun!

      Wearing cotton pants is supposed to help, as Marissa said.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Marissa, that is very good information, but I find everyone is different. I used to have a lot of trouble. But also traveling and using different toilets can be another problem.

      So we all have to be aware of the various things that can cause and help avoid this troublesme problem. A lot of people suffer from the burning sensation and if you leave it too long, it ends of with blood in your urine. Which then needs antiobotics to clear it up.

      Thanks everyone for stopping by.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      constant walker

      I'm surprised you must have been one of the unloucky ones as not many men suffer from this as women do yes cranberry juice is great but I do not like the taste so I used the capsules. but not as much success as a visit to the doctor.

      beats me Oh yes there are symptoms and they do vary from person to person.

      jamagenee, thanks for your comments yes everyone seems different

      sciantel, red wine sounds great maybe it would take away the taste of the cranberry juice. wishful thinking

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      Kate Swanson 

      9 years ago from Sydney

      I had recurrent bouts of cystitis until my specialist told me two things -

      one, always get up and have a pee straight after sex.  The friction can force bacteria into the urethra - if you have a pee, you wash it out before it can do any harm.

      two, only ever wear cotton undies. Synthetics create a warm, moist atmosphere which encourages bugs to grow.

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      Sciantel 

      9 years ago

      I used to suffer from this kind of infection terrible! But the cures for me have been cranberry pills, red wine mixed with grape juice and blueberry juice. I haven't had an infection for 3 years now.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Good information, Eileen. The initial symptoms of a UTI will sometimes feel like a backache, in the lower back. If it doesn't go away in a few hours after rest and pain relievers, then it's probably UTI.

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      BeatsMe 

      9 years ago

      I often hear about this infection. Most people who are infected didn't know they are. I thought there were no symptoms. Thanks for publishing this hub. :)

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      Constant Walker 

      9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Good info here, Eileen. I once had some monir symptoms of urinary tract infection (nothing scary) and started drinking a small glass of cranberry juice cocktail every other morning with breakfast. Within a couple of days the symptoms were gone.

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