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How to Avoid a UTI - Urinary Tract Infections

Updated on July 16, 2011

What Are UTIs?

UTIs are the common term for urinary tract infections. They are also sometimes called bladder infections or cystitis. This irritating condition predominantly affects women, although men sometimes get UTIs, too.

Unfortunately, some poor souls seem prone to getting recurrent urinary tract infections. It is one of the most common complaints at the doctor's office, and accounts for millions of visits each year. There are ways to avoid a uti and the terrible symptoms that accompany urinary tract infections. Find out how to avoid a UTI below.

UTIs are caused by a buildup of bacteria in the bladder, which usually enter the body through the urethra. If they are left untreated, they can lead to more serious health conditions. If you think you may have a UTI, please consult your doctor to rule out any other, more serious health conditions that may have similar symptoms.

D-Mannose to Avoid a UTI or Treat a UTI

How to Avoid a UTI

Here are ways to avoid urinary tract infections:

Be sure to drink lots of water. You need at least 8 glasses of water each day, but try to drink more. This helps flush out the bacteria that can cause UTIs.

Don't wait when you need to urinate. This increases your chances at getting a UTI. It causes the bladder to weaken, and less efficient at totally emptying. This allows bacteria to stay in the bladder for a longer period of time and to multiply, and can eventually result in a UTI.

When using the bathroom, always wipe from front to back. This is one of the easiest ways to avoid urinary tract infections, although it isn't always the cause of UTIs. Also avoid scented or colored toilet tissue. Some people are sensitive to the perfumes and dyes.

Also avoid using products such as bubble bath or bath oil when taking a bath if you are subject to frequent urinary tract infections. Showers are also better than baths to avoid a UTI.

Don't douche, or use simple vinegar and water for douching. Don't use any feminine products that are scented. Switch to feminine pads if you use tampons. Any of these products can cause irritation and contribute to the problem.

Avoid tight fitting pants and underwear. Moisture contributes to an inviting environment for bacterial growth. Also avoid underwear made from nylon or similar materials. Choose underwear made from natural fibers, such as cotton, to allow air to circulate.

Don't eat foods which are known to be bladder irritants. They include foods and drinks with caffeine, dairy products, chocolate, and spicy foods.

Drinking cranberry juice is a known home remedy for urinary tract infections, but drinking cranberry juice daily can also help prevent urinary tract infections in the first place.

D-Mannose is a harmless substance that is available as a supplement in capsule form. It prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder, the same way that cranberry juice does. So the harmful bacteria get flushed out and can't cause a UTI. It is very effective at preventing urinary tract infections. It is also an effective remedy for UTIs if you already have a urinary tract infection.

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      6 years ago

      Great informative post! I don't drink as much water as I should and end up getting a UTI once or twice a month. There's nothing worse than the feeling of peeing out razor blades, yikes.

      [URL=""]UTI Symptoms[/URL] has some good information about UTIs.


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