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Urinary Tract Infections- Pest or Problem?
Urinary tract infection, or UTI is a very common issue that effects most women at least once in their lifetime. Symptoms include urinary frequency, urgency and often pain with urination. If left untreated it can travel to the kidneys and result in low back pain, fever, and blood in the urine.
How Does This Happen, And What Can I Do To Prevent It?
Over 80% of UTI’s are caused by an infection with a bacterium known as E. coli, which is normally found in feces. The bacteria can “stick” to the insides of the bladder and replicate, creating the symptoms listed above.
Practicing good hygiene such as wiping front-to-back or using a bidet can prevent the E. coli from entering your bladder. Another source of infection can be a new sexual partner, commonly called “honeymoon cystitis” and can be prevented by urinating after intercourse.
I Have These Symptoms. Now What?
Fortunately, there are many natural solutions for you. Cranberry, blueberry and D-mannose prevent the bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls, making it easier to get rid of them. There are many powerful herbs that can battle the infection and soothe the symptoms. A low inflammatory and immune boosting diet will support your body’s own defenses.
If you develop a fever, night sweats, low back pain or blood in your urine be sure to contact your medical provider as that can indicate the infection is in your kidneys and you need to address it immediately.
What If This Happens To Me A Lot?
Many women seem to experience these frequently. It’s best to consult with a healthcare provider to explore possible reasons such as dietary issues, immune deficiencies, gut health, or simple hygiene. As women age their bodies’ natural defenses wane, making it even more important to be vigilant about hygiene.
Will I Always Have Symptoms If I Have A UTI?
Unfortunately, older adults can have a UTI without having symptoms. It’s always a good idea to test for a UTI in older adults if experiencing other health or even mental health issues such as high blood pressure, low-grade fever, mental confusion, or depression.
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