How to prevent a urinary infection?

Bárbara Filipe

  • 27
  • May
  • 2015

How to prevent a urinary infection?

  • 27
  • May
  • 2015

What precautions should be taken in order to prevent urinary infections?

As we spoke about in last week’s post, urinary tract infections “UTI” are caused by bacteria and viruses, and women are more prone to them than men for anatomical reasons.

How can I avoid it?

This is exactly what we will talk about this week … prevention!

Like everything in life, prevention is better than treatment, especially when it comes to our health.
Here are some very useful tips to keep us away from “UTIs”:

  • Drink 1.5 liters to 2 liters of water per day
  • Do not go many hours without going to the bathroom, holding your urine
  • When urinating, always clean yourself from front to back
  • Wash when you have a bowel movement
  • After intercourse, take time to urinate and wash yourself
  • Give preference to showers instead of baths
  • Use cotton underwear and not synthetic
  • Avoiding using of pads daily for long periods of time
  • Do not self-medicate

These are tips on how to prevent “UTIs”, however, if you notice you have any of the symptoms mentioned in the previous post you should go to the doctor for an evaluation.

It is always important to note that when we have medical assistance we should follow every guideline, do every test that’s requested, and take medication until the end.

I’ve heard many people several times say that as soon as they feel better they stop taking the medication. If you do that, how can you expect to get the true results?

In other cases, people may even do the tests the doctor ordered, however they do not return to the doctor’s office to get the results and get the right diagnosis and medication.
Therefore, what’s the use in getting the tests done?

To recap:
1º- Prevention
2º- Analyze the symptoms
3º- If symptoms persist, seek medical attention
4º- Comply to all medical advise until the end

Invest in yourself by taking care of your health!

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  1. Very helpful and important to follow so we can be healthy and keep our body and organs healthy as they are imprtant for our daily lives and to keep an eye out to treat before it gets worse

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  2. Dr. Cohen. They then reason that they won’t have to go if they don’t drink, so they don’t—which is abeuoltsly the worst thing they can do. The reason: The longer any amount of urine stays in the bladder, the more bacteria there are in it—E. coli doubles its population about every 20 minutes, according to Dr. Staskin. More bacteria mean more pain. Absolutely the best thing a woman can do to fight the burning is drink fluids to flush out the bacteria that are causing the inflammation, Dr. Cohen says. There’s a very strong argument for drinking more fluid both to prevent UTIs and to treat them, Dr. Staskin says. Studies have been performed where bacteria were mechanically introduced into the bladders of volunteers. But voiding just twice effectively sterilized the bladder. Message: The more you drink, the sooner the pain will stop. And a hint: If your urine’s clear, you’re drinking enough. If it’s colored, you’re not.Take a hot bath. This helps relieve pain for many women, says Richard J. Macchia, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine. I don’t think anyone’s researched the exact mechanisms involved, but a hot bath often seems to help where there’s inflammation. Take aspirin or ibuprofen. These are anti-inflammatories, and they do help some people, Dr. Macchia says. They reduce the inflammation in the bladder, and the less inflammation, the less burning. Take vitamin C. About 1,000 milligrams taken throughout the day will acidify the urine enough to interfere with bacterial growth, Dr. Macchia says. This is a good idea if you’re having problems with reinfection or have recurrence in the middle of nowhere without quick access to medical help. Caution: Some antibiotics prescribed for bladder infections don’t work will in acidic urine, so tell your doctor if you’re taking vitamin C. Also tell him how much you’re taking. Vitamin C is not toxic, but 1,000 milligrams is considered a large dose and should have your doctor’s approval.Back away. Wiping from front to back helps prevent infection from recurring, the doctors say. Wiping the wrong way is one of the most common causes of infection and a good way to get repeat infections. Wiping away is pure common sense, you want to move bacteria away from, not toward, the vagina and the opening of the urethra.Go to the bathroom before intercourse. This helps flush out bacteria that may be present in the vagina, the experts say—bacteria that otherwise might be pushed into the bladder by intercourse.Go to the bathroom after intercourse. This is where the myth of your partner’s involvement gets its start—and like most myths, there’s a grain of truth to this one, according to Dr. Staskin. A man’s penis can massage bacteria present in the opening of the urethra into the bladder. Voiding effectively rinses the bladder out. There’s no doubt that UTIs are more common in sexually active women, Dr. Cohen says. But that’s more the result of not knowing how to protect themselves than of sexual activity itself. If bacteria have been pushed into the bladder, urinating will flush most of them out. Reconsider the diaphragm. Diaphragms have been documented as major contributors to those who have stubborn, repeated bladder infections, Dr. Staskin says. Two mechanisms are probably involved: Bacteria colonize the diaphragm itself, which is then inserted deep into the vagina, and the diaphragm interferes with bladder emptying, which means that bacteria already there aren’t flushed out. If this description fits you, you might want to talk to your doctor about another method of birth control.Use pads instead of tampons. No one’s abeuoltsly certain why certain women seem more susceptible to reinfection, but vaginal manipulation of some sort—sex, inserting the diaphragm, putting a tampon in—always seems to precede it, says Joseph Corriere, M.D., director of the Division of Urology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. I advise those of my patients experiencing chronic infection at the time of menstruation to quit using tampons and replace them with pads, he says.Practice good hygiene. Good hygiene means wearing cotton underwear that keeps you dry, avoiding tight pants that decrease ventilation, and most of all, keeping clean—but sensibly clean. If you don’t bathe to remove bacteria in the perineal region [between vagina and rectum], obviously you run the risk of repeated infection, Dr. Staskin says. But too much can be as bad as too little. Douching constantly can both introduce bacteria into the vagina and rinse out the normal friendly, noninfectious vaginal bacteria, which are then replaced with infectious E. coli. Irritation of the urethra may occur, which may feel like another UTI. Strong antibacterial soaps can do the same thing—and change the vaginal flora enough to make the individual more susceptble to infection. The point: Be clean, but don’t be obsessed.You could also try to drink canberry juice, I heard that works too .

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