Infections of the Urinary Tract can start in several places. A Bladder Infection (Cystitis), a Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis), and a Prostate Infection (Prostatitis) are different types of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) that usually can be treated with Antibiotics and Medication. Most are caused by Bacteria. And Drinking lots of fluids can help flush away this Bacteria.
Being well Hydrated is a preventive measure that can help the Body in many ways!
Simple steps to Prevention…
- Drink plenty of water. Water helps to dilute your urine and flush out bacteria.
- Avoid drinks that may irritate your bladder. Avoid coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks containing citrus juices or caffeine until your infection has cleared. They can irritate your bladder and tend to aggravate your frequent or urgent need to urinate.
- Use good Hygiene. Especially after Sex.
What are urinary tract infection symptoms and signs?
- Bladder (cystitis or bladder infection): The lining of the urethra and bladder becomes inflamed and irritated.
- Dysuria: pain or burning during urination
- Frequency: more frequent urination (or waking up at night to urinate, sometimes referred to as nocturia); often with only a small amount of urine
- Urinary urgency: the sensation of having to urinate urgently
- Cloudy, bad-smelling, or bloody urine
- Lower abdominal pain or pelvic pressure or pain
- Mild fever (less than 101º F), chills, and “just not feeling well” (malaise)
It is best to be seen early for these symptoms to prevent more serious from developing.
More Serious Signs and Symptoms. Seek Medical Attention Immediately if you develop any of the following…
- Fairly high fever (higher than 101º F)
- Shaking chills
- Flank pain: pain in the back or side, usually on only one side at about waist level
A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is diagnosed with Symptoms and an Analysis of a Urine Specimen. The Analysis of the Urine Specimen can be performed right away. A Urine Culture detects Bacteria and Yeast in Urine. A Culture can be sent out to a Lab to confirm the Diagnosis and Treatment. This can take up to 4 or 5 days to complete.
A Bladder Infection (Cystitis) will usually respond to Antibiotics. If Antibiotics are prescribed you should take all of the prescription until it is completely gone even though you may begin to feel better in a few days. Otherwise the Infection may not respond and become more difficult to treat.
Seek Repeat Medical Care if these Symptoms Present with Treatment…
- You develop bad Back Pain or lower Belly (Abdominal) Pain.
- You get the chills.
- You have a Temperature of 102º Degrees or Higher.
- You feel sick to your Stomach (Nauseous) or throw up (Vomit).
- There is continued burning with Urination.
- You do not have improvement in 3 days or your symptoms get worse.
Home Care Instructions…
- Drink lot of Fluids. Water, Cranberry Juice may help to regulate Acidity.
- Avoid Caffeine, Tea, and Carbonated Beverages.
- Do not use Bubble Bath, Shampoos, or Soap in Bath Water.
- Use good Hygiene.
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