Getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) happens to millions of women. They’re painful, irritating infections that can leave you feeling uncomfortable throughout the day. Once you’ve had one UTI, you are at risk of getting a second one. Let’s discuss the causes, treatment options, and ways you can manage infection.
There are multiple causes of a UTI including medication side effects or just being at higher risk due to having sex, pregnancy or having diabetes. E.coli from the bowel can cause a UTI to develop and you can also get a UTI infection from E.coli found in pools or water parks.
The symptoms of a UTI are frequent urination, burning, and pain. You might also have pain below your navel and a general sense of not feeling well. You may also notice an odor when you urinate.
UTI’s are treated with antibiotics. Additionally, it is important to drink a lot of fluids, especially water – and go to the bathroom when you need to. Unfortunately, some urinary tract infections will require multiple treatments to completely kill the bacteria, so when possible, it’s important to avoid these infections altogether.
Make sure that the underwear you use doesn’t have a silky or nylon crotch. Use only cotton underwear during a UTI and don’t wear snug clothes that can promote bacterial growth. Also, make sure you are not accidentally wiping bowel bacteria in a way that can lead to a UTI (back to front instead of front to back). Sitting in a bath can also allow bacterial infections, so if you’re prone to urinary tract infections, consider giving up the baths and showering instead.
Keep this information in mind if you find yourself with a pesky UTI and don’t hesitate to contact your doctor for further help with management. If you have a high fever and back pain with your UTI, your infection could be spreading and needs immediate attention.