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How To Prevent A Urinary Tract Infection?

Dr. Vandana Singh 88% (73 ratings)
MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Noida
How To Prevent A Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection or UTI can be quite painful and uncomfortable. This infection can be described as an infection that affects the ureter, urethra, bladder or kidneys. Women have a shorter urethra than men which makes this more vulnerable to this kind of infection.

It is said that most women suffer from at least one bout of this infection in a lifetime. Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria and may often recur after treatment. However, in most cases, this can easily be prevented. Here are a few tips to help prevent recurrent urinary tract infections.

  1. Drink plenty of fluids: Ideally, we should drink 8-10 glasses of water a day at regular intervals. This keeps the body hydrated and flushes toxins and bacteria from the body. Water also prevents the formation of kidney stones that could increase your risk of suffering from a urinary tract infection.
  2. Urinate frequently: If you drink the required amount of water, you will typically need to urinate frequently. Do not try to control your bladder. Holding your urine in your bladder allows bacteria to multiply inside the bladder. This is an easy way for a UTI to begin.
  3. Follow healthy bathroom habits: Cleanliness is the first step to preventing any infection. When using public restrooms, flush the toilet before and after urinating. In the case of women, it becomes important to ensure that the seat of the toilet is clean as well. After urinating wipe the residual urine with toilet paper in a motion that goes from front to back. Since the urethra is situated very close to the rectum, this step is very important. For uncircumcised men, it is important to wash the foreskin after urination.
  4. Wear loose clothes: Tight fitting clothes trap moisture and aid in the multiplication of bacteria. Hence, always wear loose fitting clothes that keep the area around the urethra dry. Also, avoid synthetic underwear and only wear cotton underwear.
  5. Urinate after intercourse: The relative closeness of the vagina to the urethra makes it easy for bacteria to enter the urethra during intercourse. Hence, make it a habit of washing your pubic region after intercourse and urinating. This helps flush out any possible bacteria that may have entered your body.
  6. Choose the correct method of birth control: Certain types of birth control such as diaphragms and spermicidal agents can promote a urinary tract infection. Hence, it is best to avoid these types of birth control and pick alternatives.

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Hello, I have repeated urine test 3 times that show 6-8rbc, 8-10rbc. What are the possible reasons? Patient suffering from endometriosis and age is 38 years. Ultrasound scan shows I'll defined focal nephritis.

Dr. Masooma H Merchant 88% (242 ratings)
DGO, Diploma In Family planning (UK), MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Hello, I have repeated urine test 3 times that show 6-8rbc, 8-10rbc. What are the possible reasons? Patient suffering...
If endometriosis has affected the bladder it is possible to have rbc in urine. Still get a urologist opinion for the scan showing nephritis.
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Urinary Tract Infection - Is There A Way You Can Prevent It From Affecting You?

Dr. Vijay Agrawal 86% (178 ratings)
MCh, MS - Urology
Urologist, Surat
Urinary Tract Infection - Is There A Way You Can Prevent It From Affecting You?

The urinary tract starts from the kidneys to the urethra where urine is passed out. Given the rich concentration of minerals and toxic wastes, it is highly prone to multiple infections. UTI, as urinary tract infections are often referred to, is one of the most common infections. In women, especially, every 1 in 2 women is affected by an UTI. Whichever part of the tract is affected, the symptoms and treatment are mostly the same. Read on to know some of the most common symptoms and treatment options for these.

Symptoms

  1. A burning sensation with urination
  2. Pain with urination
  3. Burning sensation or pain in the urethra or vagina
  4. Frequent urge to urinate, though not much urine is passed out
  5. Sense of incomplete emptying of the bladder
  6. Pain in the lower back on the sides of the spine
  7. Change in the urine characteristics color, smell, or appearance
  8. Fever or chills, maybe associated with shivering, nausea and vomiting

Causes

Most urinary tract infections are bacterial in nature, and these could find their way into the body through multiple ways.

  1. The most common is through the urethra, which could happen due to unclean toilet habits.
  2. Women especially are advised to wipe the urethra after each toilet visit. The bacteria from the feces can also enter the urethra due to close proximity
  3. Use of unclean public toilets is another reason for UTIs

Tests

Though most often UTI does not require specific testing, the following are useful in confirming the diagnosis.

  1. Culture and sensitivity: The urine is sent for a culture to identify the exact organism that has caused the infection. It also helps identify the right antibiotic which will help bring the infection under control.

Treatment:

UTIs are very common infections and though there is nothing to worry, it should be cleared completely.

  1. Antibiotic course to get rid of the infection. Though you begin to feel better, the complete course should be completed to clear the infection.
  2. Following culture testing to ensure the infection is cleared
  3. Improve water intake to get rid of the toxins
  4. Fever and pain to be controlled with medications
  5. Healthy hygiene habits to ensure clearing of infection

Prevention:

Recurrent UTIs is a common problem, and the following can help prevent.

  1. Ensure complete emptying of the bladder
  2. Drink adequate water
  3. Safe toilet habits, including before and after sex
  4. Comfortable and clean underwear to prevent infection
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Hello doctor, how to find the symptoms of urinary track infection .prefer me some tablets antibiotics to treat UTI. Because I have a doubt that I may have it after I used public toilets in an movie theatre. I have a doubt that I am having UTI. Please suggest me tablets to stop UTI in the starting stage it self Thank you.

Dr. Kiranmai Lingutla 89% (11 ratings)
MRCGP, Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetology (PGDD)(University of Leicester, UK), MBBS
General Physician, Hyderabad
Hello doctor, how to find the symptoms of urinary track infection .prefer me some tablets antibiotics to treat UTI. B...
Hello, symptoms of urinary infection can be fever, urine burning sensation, going not number of times for urination, blood or pus in urine, lower abdominal pain and in elderly people it can present as nausea, disorientation, poor appetite and so on. If you think you are having urine infection, you need to give a urine sample for complete urine examination and culture test. Depending on the results your doctor can treat you. Please drink lot of fluids such as water or coconut water until then. Please do not use antibiotics yet unless the investigations show that you have a urinary infection or the consulting doctor thinks that you need antibiotics straight away.
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Hi Sir, I had taken UTI medication. Can this medications lead late period because before UTI I had sex without protection. I am worry about pregnancy. I also use prega news and it’s negative.

Dr. Himanshu Vats 87% (100 ratings)
BHMS, POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT, CERTIFICATION IN GOOD CLINICAL PRACTICES
Homeopath, Delhi
Hi Sir, I had taken UTI medication. Can this medications lead late period because before UTI I had sex without protec...
Hello lybrate-user! You may have missed your periods for multiple reasons including but not limited to pregnancy. About having checked with Prega news, well they are not 100 % reliable and one should try 2-3 brands for at least 3 consecutive days. A more sure way to check with pregnancy is to get a UPT TEST (THAT MEASURES HCG) from a pathology lab (ideally cost around 200-300 inr) or a USG lower abdomen with TVS.
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I am suffering from UTI from last 5 days. I have been facing problem of back pain, in my urine routine report epithelial cells is 3-5, Pus cells 0-2 and protein traces.

Dr. Col V C Goyal 92% (9519 ratings)
CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
I am suffering from UTI from last 5 days. I have been facing problem of back pain, in my urine routine report epithel...
1.Pass urine whenever you feel a desire, empty bladder completely. 3.Take lots of water so as to have clear urine 4.Do not use any spray, scented bath products 7.Keep genital area dry- wear cotton, loose under garments, avoid tight clothes like jeans for medicine contact on private consultation.
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Hi Sir, I am suffering urinary burning and also not clear my bladder getting bad smell drop its coming at night time also once or twice getting my age is now 45 years no sexual satisfaction. Daily once I am doing this. Please help me sir.

Dr. Setty 91% (12546 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Chennai
Hi Sir, I am suffering urinary burning and also not clear my bladder getting bad smell drop its coming at night time ...
Get your checked please clean the penis after pulling your foreskin back if it is not going back see a doctor to get circumcised.
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My father is 65 years old. He is suffering from urinary tract infection and enlarged prostate. The psa level is 127. The serum creatinine test results were as- creatinine-5.5 and urea-153. The doctors inserted urine pipe and gave certain medicine. After 20 days RFT was performed the result were as- creatinine-3.89 and urea-78. What is the current position of kidney?

Dr. Amit Tuli 93% (249 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery, Genito Urinary Surgery
Urologist, Ludhiana
My father is 65 years old. He is suffering from urinary tract infection and enlarged prostate. The psa level is 127. ...
There are 2 things one is high creatinine which might take few more days to come back to normal because prostate causes back pressure changes which leads to high creatinine. Ones it comes down surgery should be done. 2 nd is high psa value. So repeat psa again if it is high then ask your urologist to rule out prostate cancer.
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Hi, I am feeling extremely burning sensation when I do pee. I feel some knot in my vagina. Please help.

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 92% (25300 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Hi, I am feeling extremely burning sensation when I do pee. I feel some knot in my vagina. Please help.
You may have urinary infection and need to do culture and take medicines based on the report. Drink lot of water.
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I am suffering from urinary tract infection and penile pain. I used all antibiotics no bacteria found in urine analysis and culture.

Dr. Jatin Soni 92% (37360 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I am suffering from urinary tract infection and penile pain. I used all antibiotics no bacteria found in urine analys...
Avoid spicy food items and not to eat junk food and we also need to avoid peanuts and potatoes in our daily diet and not to apply any ointment or soap on the glans penis and For pain take tablet paracetamol 650 mg
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