Urinary Tract Infection - UTI

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

occurs when germs infect the system that carries urine out of your body — the kidneys, bladder and the tubes that connect them. Bladder infections are common and usually not serious if treated promptly. But, if the infection spreads to the kidneys, it can cause a more serious illness. Diabetes or other chronic diseases that affect the immune system may decrease your resistance to infection.


Add these tips to your health and hygiene routine:

• Drink 10-14 glasses of water daily to protect yourself from urinary infection.
• Do not suppress the urge to urinate.
• After bowel movements, always wipe from front to back.
• Take showers instead of bubble baths to prevent entrance of bacteria into the urethra.
• Wash your genital area before and after sexual intercourse. Also urinate before and after intercourse.
• Douching and scented sprays can cause infection and irritation of the vaginal area.
• Drink a good amount of cranberry juice, as it is one of the most simple and natural ways to treat UTI.
• Avoid bladder irritants like citrus, tomatoes, aged cheese, chocolate, spicy food, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.
• At the onset of UTI symptoms, consume Vitamin C supplements.
• Avoid tight underwear as it creates an ideal environment for undesirable bacteria to breed.


For more information
For more information on COPD and other common preventable health complications, contact your health care provider or your local partner for better health: Trinity County Health Initiative • 936-642-1746

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