Women have more chances of catching urinary tract infection more commonly known as UTI. One out of two women can catch UTI. Experts say that a woman is at high risk of catching UTI and also suffer from it multiple times in their lifetime. What exactly is UTI, what causes it and how can you treat it?
First one, What?
You sit on the toilet mumbling in pain because you can’t pee but you feel like you have to. Even if you do manage to pee a little, it burns a lot. Then you go about your day absolutely miserable. That may be the first sign of an UTI.
Causes Of UTI
A woman’s urinary system is made up of the urethra, which carries urine out of the bladder when you pee, your bladder holds urine, your ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, and your kidneys, which filter waste from the blood to produce urine. A UTI happens when bacteria make its way up the urethra.
Post menopause, women become more vulnerable to UTI. The pH balance in the vagina is altered. Also, the yeast and bacteria can make their way to the urethra very easily.
Sexually active women are also prone to UTI. Peeing before or after the sex can help prevent this condition.
Holding your pee for long durations is also a cause of an UTI.
How To Recognize An UTI?
- A burning feeling while urinating.
- A frequent or intense urge to urinate, even though little comes out when you do.
- Pain or pressure in the back or lower abdomen.
- Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine.
- Feeling tired or shaky.
- Fever or chills (a sign the infection may have reached your kidneys).
Remedies For UTI
Here’s how to handle UTIs, whether you’re experiencing your first or fifth infection.
First of all, consult your doctor. You’ll be asked for a urine sample, which will be checked for any bacteria or yeast presence. Once UTI is confirmed, you’ll be given a dose of antibiotics, which you need to complete even if you feel better within few days. Other than that there are few home remedies you can try to ease your pain.
- Drink lots of water. This is one of the most important and easiest thing to do when you have a UTI. It can help flush out bacteria. This helps to flush out the bacteria on your urethra.
- Pee regularly. When you drink so many fluids and water, your body wants to relieve itself regularly. If you hold your pee for long period of time, the chances of bacterial infections increase.
- Drink soda. Not the sugary ones which can cause weight gain or other health hazards. Stir some baking soda in your drinking water, until it dissolves. Drink this whole glass of water. Don’t go overboard with this, drink it only for a week.
- Try to snack on celery seeds once or twice a day. It helps with digestion and also increases the production of urine.
- Eats lots of cucumbers.
- Avoid chocolate, citrus, carbonation, and caffeine.
- Use heat. The warmth from the heat pads will relax muscles near your bladder and help in easy any pain or inflammations.