Think you may have a “UTI”? Well just below we're going to go over exactly what you need to know to identify and treat this very common issue.
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A urinary tract infection is not like a cold that you can simply catch from air born germs, but rather it is a bacterial infection that irritates the lower urinary tract.
If you feel a mild to severe burning sensation while urinating, this could be a classic signal that you have an infection in the urinary tract, but it is definitely not the only way to verify that you have a UTI. This sensation could probably be caused by many other factors.
It is important to know that UTIs are very common … so do not stress. Generally, most people do not share their issues about a UTI, but statistically almost 60% of women will have a UTI at least once in their life by the age of 40, and over 20% of men are likely to suffer a UTI when after the age 50.
So How is a UTI Caused?
Many people may be astounded to know that many bacteria that have the potential to cause a UTI already dwell in human body. It is only when this population of bacteria grows that the signals become much more profound to be termed a urinary tract infection. The bacteria generally attack the urethra, ureters, bladder or kidneys although the UTI in common terms is referred to as a bacterial infection in the lower urinary tract.
UTIs can easily be treated through proper medication and attention to causes. The causes of a UTI will be discussed in other articles but it needs a mention here that the infection can reoccur if not treated the right way. The untreated UTI can also lead to much more serious kid infections.
Who Are At Risk?
From a baby to adult and even the elderly; anyone can have a urinary tract infection at any point in their lives. As it is clearly indicated in the statistic given above, women are much more likely to have a UTI than men. It is caused mainly by friction in their genital area during sexual interference or while wiping the area back to front. Poor hygiene, and conversely, long soaking baths in fragrant water solutions, and use of photographed soap can also increase the likelihood of a woman contracting a UTI.
Although the human body is quite capable of controlling these nasty bacteria by natural mechanisms, there are specific factors that can lead to excessive bacterial growth and cause the infection. Irrespective of age or gender people with the following factors are at risk of having UTI:
Having a sexually active life
Having irregular bowels
Being immobile for an extended period (during recovering phase of a surgery or injury)
Being diabetic or pregnant
Having kidney stones
Having a bladder disorder that restricts it from emptying completely
Using a diaphragm for birth control
Having urinary catheter
Other lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol take, excess caffeine caffeine and spicy foods can also irritate the condition.
What Can You Do?
If you suspect you're suffering from a UTI, the best suggestion is to seek medical help from an experienced physician. In the event you are pregnant and develop symptoms of an infection in the urinary tract, it becomes even more important to seek advice from your gynecologist to be confirmed and treated well and timely so as not to have any effect on your pregnancy. When your doctor prescribes you antibiotics to treat the urinary tract infection, make sure that you take all the dose exactly as directed, and for as long as directed to control the infection and to avoid its recurrence.