Urinary tract infections are uncomfortable and can lead to serious complications, even organ damage. Commonly referred to as UTI’s, the infection primarily targets the bladder and kidneys and has a nasty tendency to recur. Women, teens, and young children are most often afflicted but men can suffer from them as well.
- The first thing to keep in mind is that treating and preventing urinary tract infections are two very different subjects. Cranberries are filled with antioxidants and have long been considered a very valuable ally for good health. In addition to these antioxidants, cranberries contain hippuronic acid. This compound has been shown in some studies to make it much more difficult for the bacteria, which causes urinary tract infections to attach to the bladder wall (because this acid works to acidify the urine). This lowers the risk of getting a UTI in some cases.
- However, make sure that you are drinking 100% cranberry juice because most of the sweetened versions with added sugar do not contain hippuronic acid.
Furthermore, doctors say once you have a UTI, cranberries in any form will not cure it, and can actually exacerbate painful urination, one of the main symptoms associated with a UTI.
If you have a urinary tract infection, your doctor will need to prescribe antibiotics to clear up the condition.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are most often caused by bacteria (germs). These bacteria enter the urinary tract. The bacteria may come from outside the body. Or they may travel from the skin outside the rectum or vagina into the urethra. “Female anatomy makes it easier for bacteria from the bowel to enter a woman’s urinary tract, which is the most common source of UTI,” says Dr. Russell Freid, a urologist with UCA Lawrenceville. “This means women develop UTIs more often than men. Pain in or around the urinary tract is a common UTI symptom. But the only way to know for sure if you have a UTI is for the doctor to test your urine,” explains Dr. Freid.
Three Types of UTIs:
- Cystitis: A bladder infection (cystitis) is the most common UTI in women. You may have urgent or frequent urination. You may also have pain, burning when you urinate, and bloody urine.
- Urethritis: This is an inflamed urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. You may have lower stomach or back pain. You may also have urgent or frequent urination.
- Pyelonephritis: This is a kidney infection. If not treated, it can be serious and damage your kidneys. In severe cases, you may be hospitalized. You may have a fever and upper back pain.
The lifestyle changes below may help to ease your UTI. They may also help prevent future UTIs.
- Drink plenty of fluids. This includes water, juice, or other caffeine-free drinks. Fluids help flush bacteria out of your body.
- Empty your bladder. Always empty your bladder when you feel the urge to urinate. And always urinate before going to sleep. Urine that stays in your bladder can lead to infection. Try to urinate before and after sex as well.
- Practice good personal hygiene. Wipe yourself from front to back after using the toilet. This helps keep bacteria from getting into the urethra.
For more information about Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), please click the link below: http://www.urologycarealliance.com/womens-health/urinary-tract-infections/