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Urinary tract infection
UTI is an infection involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. These are the structures where urine forms and passes through before being eliminated from the body.
- Low hygiene, especially at work place or public toilets.
- Females are prone to have frequent UTIs because of shorter urethras. Shorter urethra allows bacteria quick access to the bladder.
- Common gastrointestinal bacteria may spread easily to the urethra (especially females because short distance between urethral opening and anus) and cause UTI.
- Sexually transmitted diseases may cause UTI.
Symptoms of UTIs
Common symptoms include:
- A burning feeling when urinating
- A frequent or intense urge to urinate, even though little comes out
- Pain or pressure in the back or lower abdomen
- Cloudy, dark, bloody, or foul smelling urine
- Feeling tired or shaky
- Fever or chills or both
Dos and don’ts
Following tips may be helpful to manage UTI
- Drinking lot of water and other liquids.
- Avoiding drinks that may irritate bladder like coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks containing citrus juices and caffeine.
- Applying a warm water vessel or heating pad to the lower abdomen to minimize bladder pressure or discomfort.
Preventing UTI infection
Following steps may be helpful.
- Emptying bladder frequently as soon as the feeling of fullness is felt.
- Emptying the bladder completely each time.
- Wiping from front to back if western toilet is used (for females).
- Drinking lots of water.
- Cleaning the genital area before and after sex.
- Urinating after sex to flush out any bacteria that may have entered the urethra.
- Sabal Pentarkan
- BC 11 (if fever persists)
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