MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - Urology/Genito - Urinary Surgery
16 years experience
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What are some personal measures which can be taken to control recurrent UTIs
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If you are prone to recurrent urinary infections, it is time to make minor changes to control them. Women are more prone to recurrent UTIs given the greater chances of bacteria entering their urinary system. Improved hygiene can help in controlling this entry of bacteria. In addition, safe sexual practices can help in controlling recurrent UTIs. Diabetes affects all systems and the urinary system is not spared too. Controlling blood sugar levels can help in controlling recurrent UTIs.
Sexual habits and recurrent UTIs are interrelated.
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People with sexual infections are highly likely to develop recurrent UTIs. This is because there is a rich supply of bacteria which can gain easy access to the urinary tract. Therefore, safe sexual practices can help in controlling recurrent UTIs. Wearing cotton underwear which allows for sweat circulation is an effective way to control UTI.
Recurrent UTIs can be prevented by the affected individual themselves.
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Effective habits can help in controlling recurrent UTIs. Drinking lots of water and cranberry juice can help flush out toxins. Using cotton underwear helps in air circulation, thereby preventing bacterial growth. Urinating as often as possible also helps remove waste accumulation and reduces the burden on the bladder. Monthly testing of urine is a good way to arrest infections in their early stages.
What are some very common causes for recurrent UTIs?
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Urinary tract infections are one of the most common infections. Some people are prone to recurrent urinary tract infections. Causes for this could range from prolonged hospitalization to poor toilet habits to kidney stones to having a catheter in place. Any of these could lead to recurrent UTIs. Reduced immunity, either due to diabetes or other chronic conditions also puts a person at increased risk for recurrent UTIs. If you have a history of kidney stones, watch out for symptoms of urinary infections.
What are some symptoms of recurrent UTIs?
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Urinary infections occur when there is an infection of the tract anywhere from the kidneys to the tubes which carry urine to the outside. The urine which is often free of bacteria will contain bacteria and so will have a foul smell. There could also be an increased urge to go to the toilet with a feeling of never having completely emptied the bladder. There could also be a burning sensation when passing urine. If you notice the above symptoms, it is advisable to check for urinary infections. Having them recurrently is an indication that you are prone to recurrent UTIs. Diagnosing the underlying condition can help in controlling recurrent infections.