A Urinary Tract Infection, or UTI as it’s commonly known as is an infection of the urethra, bladder, or kidney. UTIs are caused by bacteria sneaking into the bladder, through the urethra and multiplying, causing the lining of your urinary tract to swell up. This can happen through poor hygiene habits, sexual contact, or just by chance. Though the symptoms may disappear without treatment, you should NEVER let a UTI go untreated.
Go To The Doctor Sooner Than Later
When you feel the symptoms of a UTI, the best thing to do is treat the infection before it begins to spread. A medical professional will take a urine sample and possibly a blood sample to give you a proper diagnosis. A UTI can usually be treated effectively with just one course of doctor-prescribed antibiotics, but if you delay, the infection may spread to the bladder and eventually your kidneys. While taking your course of antibiotics, over-the-counter pain relievers will help make you more comfortable, but they will not treat your infection.
Signs of A Urinary Tract Infection
In rare cases, you might not feel any symptoms of a UTI, but for the majority of cases, you may have the following symptoms:
- Frequent feeling to urinate, even when there is no need to evacuate
- Burning sensation when you urinate
- Your urine may appear cloudy, or in some cases a red or pink color (signs of blood in your urine)
- Strong-smelling urine
If A UTI Turns Into A Kidney Infection
Your doctor may first put you on a course of strong antibiotics and pain medication. It’s important to complete the round of antibiotics and drink plenty of good fluids to prevent dehydration. If the infection is too far advanced, you might be admitted to the hospital. If that is the case, chances are you will be attached to an IV drip to give you fluids and antibiotics. You will have continuous blood and urine tests to monitor how effective the antibiotics are.
Easy Ways to Prevent UTIs
Some preventative measures are simply common knowledge, while some might not be. A few ways to help prevent a UTI are:
- Get plenty of liquids
- When you feel like you have to urinate, go as soon as possible
- When cleaning yourself after going to the bathroom, always clean from front to back to help prevent bacteria from entering the urethra
- Urinate soon after sexual intercourse. Even if you don’t feel like you need to, evacuating your bladder will help remove anything that may have entered your urethra while being intimate
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