urinary tract infection-causes, symptoms and care.

Urinary Tract Infection – Causes, symptoms and care.

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.

Urinary tract infection - causes, symptoms, care

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.

SYMPTOMS:

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:

  1. Always wear cotton undergarments as these give the skin a chance to breathe.
  2. Be careful when visiting a public restroom. Line the toilet seat with a toilet paper before use.
  3. Always keep a toilet paper roll in your handbag for this purpose.
  4. If there’s an absence of toilet paper, then pass urine in the half-sitting/half-standing position.
  5. DO NOT sit on the seat as it’s teeming with a huge colony of harmful bacteria.
  6. 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.
  7. If you detect an unnatural odour emanating from your vagina, contact your doctor, as also if you notice a change in your urine.
  8. 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.

 

Take care,

Love,

SHILPA…

 

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20 thoughts on “Urinary Tract Infection – Causes, symptoms and care.”

  1. Oh dear this really sounds terrible Shilpa and hope you are feeling better now. Thank you for sharing your personal experience and the remedies you chose for it. Natural remedies are the best and its great to see more and more doctors advocating them too

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  2. I hope you are better now, Shilpa! This sounds so painful and I know some women who have had to go through this.

    So proud of your for writing this post as not many women would want to talk about it. It is scary to think that condoms can cause bacterial infections too!

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    1. Yes, Soumya. I wonder why women hide these issues! We all suffer from this sometime or the other, and it’s best to share one’s experience in the hope that others will take proper care of themselves!

      Thank you for reading! ❤

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  3. So glad you shared your experiences here, Shilpa. This post is very informative and one that many will find useful because there’s always someone in the family who has had to deal with UTI and it can be quite an experience dealing with it when it turns chronic especially. Currently, two elderly members of my family are going through a tough time having to deal with it (and it can be quite a challenge, I tell you!).

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    1. Oh gosh, Esha! How they must be suffering! It can be such a painful experience, isn’t it?
      It’s something I have been through which propelled me to write about it. I really hope someone finds it useful.

      Thanks for dropping by, girl! ❤

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  4. Fantastic article, Shilpa. Well explained and researched. Very helpful.

    Sorry to hear you’ve been suffering through a miserable infection. I’ve had my share of them over the years. I hate them. Miserable things and left unchecked can even become dangerous, for sure. My mother in law has even been hospitalized for infections that didn’t respond to antibiotics. Scary.

    My latest urinary troubles result from constipation. I had a bad attack on my trip to Australia when I got severely constipated due to the 16 hour jet lag as well as being tired and dehydrated. I had terrible pain in my urinary tract as well as spasms of pain. It felt like an infection but it wasn’t.

    I found a great women’s urology site in the US where I read up on how constipation in the rectum can put pressure on the urinary tract and bladder. According to the article, the rectum and urinary tract formed at the same time in the embryo, and they share a nerve which what caused my terrible pain, pressure and spasms.

    I have been eating prunes in the afternoon and it seems to be helping with the terrible pain I was getting in the evenings.

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    1. Oh god, Cat, you really have been suffering so much! Hugs!

      I can imagine how the 16 hr flight must have affected your health. For me, too, when on a road trip, it becomes difficult when we are unable to find clean washrooms and then have to control the bladder until we find one. it really takes a toll on everything!

      Thanks for sharing the information about the rectum and the urinary tract sharing a single nerve. God, how painful it must be, suffering from constipation and UTI, at the same time! Ugh!

      I never know we would need to be hospitalized for a UTI! It’s what most of us take for granted, isn’t it?

      Do take care, dear Cat. I hope you feel better soon!

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  5. I have suffered through many UTIs. The first time I had it, it was pretty nasty. I didn’t even have the symptoms of burning and urgency of urination so it was only detected after a blood culture. Subsequently whenever I have even a little burning sensation, I start on drinking loads of water and my cranberry capsules and it subsides within a day. No matter how many precautions you take, sometimes you are just more prone to UTIs. Not everyone gets the symptoms of dark urine or foul smelling urine. So, symptoms may vary from person to person. This is a helpful post.

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    1. SO right, Rachna.
      Drinking water is the number one thing we take for granted and then suffer.
      Which are the cranberry capsules you mentioned? Do let me know. WIll see it I get those here.

      Thank you for sharing this info, Rachna! ❤

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  6. Hope you are better now. UTIs can be pretty nasty. I have had it once and God!… it was sooo painful.
    A friend has frequent UTIs and her life is seriously derailed when she has it. Drinking lots of water and lemon drink helps her. This is an informative post. Thanks for sharing, Shilpa.

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  7. Thank you for sharing these tips Shilpa! UTI can be quite scary. In fact, I understood the importance of drinking water, to avoid UTI only recently, when a friends 1 year old caught it. He had to be given special care in the hospital for 2 weeks or so.

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    1. I had no idea that one had to be hospitalized to treat UTI! But, it was when I suffered from it some months back, that I realized how much I needed to care for my health, especially drinking water consciously!

      Thank you for visiting, Rubitah!

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