Some months ago, I suffered a terrible case of Urinary Tract Infection. I really didn’t notice any changes until the day I suddenly developed the chills, which was followed by fever.
Unable to figure out what may have caused it as I have a strong immune system and seldom fall sick, I realised something was going wrong when I began experiencing shooting pain in my lower abdomen.
The spasms were agonising and I lay curled up in the foetal position on the bed, crying like a baby.
I managed to call up my dear friend, who is a gynaecologist, and narrate the symptoms when she told me it was UTI.
Urinary Tract Infection, or UTI, is an infection common among women than men and can be treated if reported promptly and when limited to the urinary tract. It can become serious if left untreated and can travel up, towards the kidneys.
It can get rather frustrating, suffering from the varied symptoms, but Urinary Tract Infection treatment, if taken in time, can save us from a lot more trouble.
Sharing today, some information on the infection and the causes, symptoms and home remedies that can help us deal with it.
I got the information and learned about the home remedies from my gynaecologist friend, whom I turn to when faced with such issues. Some information is also gathered from WIkipedia.
CAUSES OF URINARY TRACT INFECTION:
UTI causes when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra.
The urethra is the tiny opening through which urine is passed.
The distance between the anus and the urethra is very short; the bacteria can travel faster from the anus to the urethra and into the urinary tract causing an infection.
There is also a higher chance of infection of the urethra from the vagina due to sexually transmitted bacteria, as the urethra is situated really close to the vagina, too.
So, the female anatomy is the major reason behind a UTI: the short distance between the urethra, the urethral opening, the vaginal opening, and the anus.
1 Burning sensation while urinating.
2 Constant urge to urinate.
3 Passing very little urine whenever the urge to urinate.
4 Strong-smelling urine.
5 Cloudy, dark-colored urine, or blood in the urine.
6 Unbearable pain in the pelvic region, or the lower abdomen. Spasmodic pain (spasms) that makes it impossible to either sit or lie down.
7 Shivering followed by fever.
8 Pain during urinating.
HOME-REMEDIES FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTION:
Urinary tract infection treatment is available at home, provided you take prompt action. Waiting longer could lead to worsening of the symptoms, which need antibiotic treatment by a medical practitioner.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER: Drinking lots of water results in the flushing out of bacteria and helps reduce the intensity. It does seem frustrating having to drink water because then you will have the urge to urinate frequently. But, it’s one of the most helpful ways to solve the issue.
Make sure you drink enough water on an everyday basis so as to prevent an infection.
Read this: Drink enough water.
NEVER HOLD IN THE URINE: Whenever you get the urge to pass urine, just go! Holding it in allows the bacteria to grow inside your system. This is one of the commonest causes why we suffer from an infection.
So, however busy your schedule, never put your urine on hold.
CRANBERRY JUICE: Cranberry juice has antibacterial properties that makes it an important urinary tract infection treatment. Eating cranberries can help, too.
The antibacterial properties help fight the build-up of the E Coli bacteria that is the cause of UTI.
CORIANDER WATER: This is one of the home remedies for Urinary Tract Infection treatment that my doctor friend swears by. This is the first advice she gave me when I complained of the UTI.
Take two glasses of water. Add a spoonful of coriander seeds and boil for some time.
Switch off the gas and allow to cool. Drink this water to bring down the burning sensation.
DRINK WATER/URINATE AFTER INTERCOURSE: Because the distance between the urethra and the vagina is so less, we are at a risk of catching an infection from sexual contact.
Drink water and pass urine after intercourse so that the bacteria gets flushed out.
Make sure you or your partner isn’t suffering from an infection before sexual contact.
Also, sexual relations with multiple partners puts you at a higher risk of developing infections. So, stay safe!
MAINTAIN INTIMATE HYGIENE: Be sure to keep your intimate areas clean.
Wash during your shower using an intimate wash that has the right pH balance and which does not contain any chemicals.
Using scented vaginal wash could lead to skin issues as our intimate areas need gentle cleansing and the harshness of chemicals can harm the area as well as the natural flora present in our intimate areas.
Our vagina–the area tucked inside our body–is self-cleaning and takes care of itself. It’s the vulva–the outer part–that needs regular care and hygiene.
Be sure to clean from the front to the back–from the urethra to the anus–so as to avoid the bacteria from the anus to travel up to the urethra.
Read this Sustainable Period Wear.
OTHER WAYS TO MANAGEMENT OF UTI:
GET YOUR DOCTOR’S ADVICE FOR THE RIGHT BIRTH-CONTROL:
Certain birth control devices like the diaphragm and scented condoms can cause bacterial growth. Get advice from your gynaecologist about a birth-control method that won’t put you at risk of infection.
GET MEDICAL HELP FOR THE SPASMS IN THE LOWER ABDOMEN:
Your doctor will prescribe an anti-spasmodic that will bring down the pain and the spasms. It will also bring down the shivering and fever.
DO NOT wait for the symptoms to die down on their own because they won’t. The situation will only worsen.
So, the first instance you feel things abnormal ‘down there’. begin the treatment by home remedies mentioned above. And, if that fails to help, get a doctor’s help.
8 WAYS TO STAY SAFE FROM UTI:
- Always wear cotton undergarments as these give the skin a chance to breathe.
- Be careful when visiting a public restroom. Line the toilet seat with a toilet paper before use.
- Always keep a toilet paper roll in your handbag for this purpose.
- If there’s an absence of toilet paper, then pass urine in the half-sitting/half-standing position.
- DO NOT sit on the seat as it’s teeming with a huge colony of harmful bacteria.
- Keep a watch on the colour of your urine. It should be pale in colour. If you notice darker coloured urine, increase your water intake.
- If you detect an unnatural odour emanating from your vagina, contact your doctor, as also if you notice a change in your urine.
- Include probiotics in your daily diet as these contain helpful bacteria that keep our urinary tract in good health.
I hope you find these points helpful.
It’s really a matter of cleanliness, hygiene and self-care. it’s in our control staying safe from infections. All it takes is developing healthy habits.
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