Urinary Tract Infection UTI is one of the leading health problems faced by women worldwide, which if unchecked can cause kidney and bladder related ailments. We bring you 5 ways by which you can keep UTI at bay.
Urinary Tract Infection is one of the leading health problems faced women worldwide. |Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: According to stats available widely around 50% of women suffer from Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) at some point in their lives. As per the information provided by the National Institutes of Health of The United States of America, with each subsequent infection the risk of a spasmodic infection shoots up. Although the painful symptoms like burning or a stinging pain while urinating may be experienced by women suffering from Urinary Tract Infection, there also looms the possibility of a potential kidney infection. And this can be a murkier problem if it manages to escalate.
The symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection, which women are most vulnerable to during the monsoon are the following; an urgent and frequent need to urinate, a burning sensation while urinating, pain and discomfort in the lower abdomen area, fever, fatigue, and nausea. The urinary tract is the passageway for the body to flush out all the unwanted toxins and excess fluid from the blood and the body. And an infection in the same can be a painful and sometimes a life-threatening experience. But worry no more! We have enlisted a few ways by following which you can dodge the painful infection:
Drink a lot of water: As water flushes out the toxins in the urinary tract as well make it a point to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water in a day. Other fluids like caffeine or alcohol also encourage frequent urination but they tend to irritate the bladder and are best avoided.
Don’t hold back urine: Don’t hold on to your pee for a longer period of time, and attend nature’s call on time. People often tend to hold on to the urine and finishing up tasks at hand instead of rushing to the lavatory. Holding pee for a longer time can aid bacteria present to develop and cause a urinary tract infection and you surely don’t want that!
Practice safety & Hygiene in sexual activities with your partner: Women who are sexually active are most susceptible to a Urinary Tract Infection. The track ends just at the vagina and thus it becomes extra important to take precautions and maintain hygiene before indulging in any kind of sexual activity.
Eat cranberry tablets and probiotic supplements: If you suffer from spasmodic urinary tract infections, eating cranberry tablets can aid in keeping the urinary tract in the best of health. Another method to protect yourself against recurring infections is to consume probiotic supplements and food. Some experts believe that once cranberries are processed, beneficial phytochemical compounds are damaged. Fresh raw cranberries have higher levels of phytochemicals, specifically phenols, as against those processed, cooked or dried ones. Phenols act like antioxidants and neutralise damaging free radicals coursing through your system.
Always wipe yourself after urinating: Always remember to wipe yourself after urinating from front to back. This will help in preventing the bacteria from spreading. Never do it the other way as the rectum consists E.Coli bacteria that more often than not cause the urinary tract infections.
Note: The aforementioned ways are only meant to prevent a urinary tract infection. In case you are suffering from any of the symptoms, see a doctor or a healthcare expert immediately.