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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

A urinary tract infection is an infection that begins in your urinary system. The urinary tract is the body's filtering system for removal of liquid wastes. Our urinary system is composed of the kidney, ureters, bladder and urethra. Because we have a shorter urinary tract, so at the time of removal some women’s are especially susceptible to bacteria that may invade the urinary tract and multiply -- resulting in infection known as a urinary tract infection, or UTI. Any part of our urinary system can become infected, but most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the urethra and the bladder.

Women are at greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection than are men. A urinary tract infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. But if UTI reaches in the lower urinary tract and not treated properly, then the infection can reach to the upper urinary tract which can affect the kidney and ureter.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection

Some of the common symptoms of urinary tract infections are:

  • Feeling an uncomfortable pressure above the pubic bone is one of the symptoms of urinary tract infection in women.
  • Some of the common symptoms of urinary tract infections include a frequent urge to urinate and a painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination.
  • Some of the common symptoms of urinary tract infections include a frequent urge to urinate and a painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination.
  • Fever can be one of the symptoms of urinary tract infection, when the infection affects the kidney.
  • Bood in the urine (hematuria) or cloudy, strong-smelling urine.
  • Bacteria in the urine (bacteriuria ). 

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection

  • Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep out such microscopic invaders, the defenses sometimes fail. When that happens, bacteria may take hold and multiply into a full-blown infection in the urinary tract.
  • The most common cause of UTIs is bacteria from the bowel that live on the skin near the rectum or in the vagina, which can spread and enter the urinary tract through the urethra. Once these bacteria enter the urethra, they travel upward, causing infection in the bladder and sometimes other parts of the urinary tract.
  • Sexual intercourse is a common cause of urinary tract infections. During sexual activity, bacteria in the vaginal area are sometimes massaged into the urethra.
  • Prolonging urination causes stretches the bladder. This stretching weakens the bladder - disallowing it to completely empty itself. The urine which remains in the bladder increases your chances of the infection.

 

Home remedies for Urinary Tract Infection

  • Cranberry juice disallows bacteria to cling to the cell, which line the urinary tract. It is a great remedy to fight this infection. If you cannot have the cranberry juice directly you can mix it with apple juice to add some taste.
  • Another useful remedy for UTI would be to boil the leaves of blue brinjal plant in water. Cool the decoction, strain it and have an ounce of it two times in a day.
  • The seeds of carrot are useful in treating urinary tract infection. They can either be taken as an infusion or as a decoction.
  • Boil some coriander seeds in water. Cool the decoction, strain it and have an ounce of it two times in a day. It will increase the urine flow.
  • In a bowl of water, put some petals of lotus and pink rose and bring it to boil. Strain the liquid after it cools. Have an ounce of this, three times a day.
  • Baking soda is effective in curing urinary tract infection. In an eight ounce glass of water, add ˝ tsp of baking soda. Mix this well and drink it.
  • Have plenty of water in a day, as this would help in diluting and flushing out the unwanted substances from the body.
  • You can make an essential oil by using equal parts of sandalwood, bergamot, tea tree, frankincense and juniper. Mix all these ingredients to make an oil to be rubbed over your bladder area. Continue this massaging technique for three to four days once the symptoms subside.

 

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment and Advice

  • Vitamin C prevents the bacterial growth due to the acidic environment created in the bladder and the urinary tract. It is very important to have a healthy food which is rich in minerals and other supplements for your daily quota. You can maintain the alkaline content in urine by a rich food of milk, fruits, and fresh vegetables.
  • Wearing loose-fitting and cotton clothes helps a great deal. Wearing tight undergarments and tight fitting clothes creates more room for infection.
  • You can place a heating pad on the lower abdominal area to provide some relief to your pain.
  • The food which consists of processed food like cheese, chocolate, dairy products should be avoided.

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