Another UTI? Symptoms and Preventative Measures Women Need to Know

August 14, 2017   Sexual Health

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Urinary Tract Infections: A Woman’s Worst Nightmare

The second most common infection in the human body, Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are extremely inconvenient and painful. When treated properly with antibiotics, UTIs only last a few days. Let’s be real, ladies, those “few days” can feel like a lifetime. We are here to help you identify your symptoms, provide tips to ease the discomfort, and reveal how you can prevent your UTI from becoming a frequent visitor.

Signs of a UTI

The burning pain when urinating or the frequent urge to go to the bathroom are tell-tale signs you have a UTI. You may also experience bloody urine, lower back pain, nausea or vomiting, and a bit of dizziness. Be sure to call your doctor if you experience these symptoms — besides causing discomfort, a UTI can spread to your kidneys and become more serious the longer you wait.

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What to do to ease the discomfort?

We know UTIs are uncomfortable. As you wait for your doctor’s appointment, cranberries will be your saving grace. Cranberry juice, cranberry supplements, or dried cranberries will help to stop bacteria from attaching to the walls of your urinary tract. Don’t forget to hydrate! Keep drinking your six to eight glasses of water a day. By drinking fluids frequently, you will help move things through the urinary tract as you use the bathroom. A heating pad, on low heat, may also help soothe the inflamed and aggravated area. Avoid applying it directly to the skin.

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Preventative measures:

If you find that your UTIs are becoming habitual, try the following:

  • Stick to showers. Baths, although soothing, can cause foreign bacteria to enter into the vagina and cause irritation.
  • Wear breathable clothing. Tight fabric, such as underwear, is uncomfortable to begin with and can cause a moist area that forms bacteria. Don’t forget: sweaty gym clothes and wet bathing suits can have the same effect.
  • Eat probiotics. Yogurt, for instance, can help populate good vaginal bacteria.
  • Urinate before and after intercourse. Urinating helps to flush out any bacteria that could have traveled to the bladder.

 

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Kristin Yates, DO

Know the symptoms of a UTI. They are very common and, if caught early enough, are relatively easy to treat. If left untreated they can lead to more serious problems, like an infection in the kidneys, so don’t hesitate to seek treatment as soon as symptoms begin!

— Kristin Yates, D.O.

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