Urinary Tract Infection(UTI)-Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
Those pestering microbes are too small to be detected unless seen through the microscope are the ones responsible for UTI.
What is Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
There are two tracts in the anatomy… the Upper and the Lower tract. The upper tract consists of the Kidneys and the Ureters, while the bladder and the urethra constitute the Lower tract. These two tracts suffer. The flow of infection starts from the Kidneys and seeks an exit from the urethra, though UTI(Urinary Tract Infection) is commonly known as an infection of the bladder and like all infections results in an inflammation of this body part.
The Upper tract is normally less affected. But when impacted, the consequences are very serious, with a likelihood of the infection seeping into the blood stream causing sepsis. This spells bad news!!
The Lower tract where the bladder and the urethra come into play, demonstrate symptoms, discussed later. BUT in both cases, medical advice and prescribed templated medical tests are necessary.
Symptoms associated with Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
The first tell-tale signs come through the urine, which develops symptoms such as pain or burning while urinating, increased urgency and frequency. The bladder has been emptied out, yet the toilet summons. The colour of the urine needs monitoring, as from the usual pale discharge, the colour now acquires a different hue and may become cloudy or one that looks like cola or tea with an uncomfortable odour.
These symptoms are normally associated with the lower tract, while the upper tract may manifest itself in the form of nausea, vomiting, chills and fever. And fever going up to and beyond 101 F points to one way…..the Doctor.
Is UTI common to men and women?
Yes more or less with varying propensity. Women are likely to be infected with a more than 50 % chance. Pain in women in the lower tract, is localised to the pelvic area, while the rectal area gets impacted in the case of men. Upper UTI symptoms are, similar in both cases.
The infection in the case of men , however, tends to remain longer on account of physiological factors and can lead to discomfort and pain while urinating.Men having BPH (enlarged prostate) who are not able to empty their bladder have a higher chance of the urine sitting in the bladder leading to UTI
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) treatment and hygiene recommended
The symptoms of UTI are often very similar to those related with prostate problems such as urgent and frequent urination, discomfort and pain while urinating.
It is advisable to seek diagnosis from a physician.A course of oral or intravenous antibiotics are usually used based on the tract involved that the doctors prescribe.
Among the notable home remedies are consumption of cranberry juice lots of water,vitamin C and probiotics. On the cranberry juice, which finds repetitive recommendations, it may be taken as it possesses active ingredients to dis-associate the bacteria from getting attached to the bladder. Yet there are no conclusive findings to prove the final efficacy of cranberry juice.Coffee, soda, alcohol, preservative juices or inflammatory foods such as red meat,dairy, sugar, processed foods are best avoided.
If your UTI is cause of enlarged prostate the supplements like ProstaQuilTM made of all-natural ingredients, like Pygeum, Saw palmetto and pumpkin seeds taken at the first sign and it’s a natural cure for bph as it helps to battle urinary tract infection symptoms,urine irritability and other prostate related problems.
Some other rules to be followed are:
Do not hold your pee. Never.
And pee before and after sex, which has been identified as one of the causes for UTI among those active. Clean your body and follow good hygiene !!
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