Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the bladder, the urethra or the kidney. It is more common with women for two main anatomical reasons: (1) Proximity of the anus to the urethra (2) Short urethra which could promote upward mobility of bacteria.
Any or combination of the following signs and symptoms could indicate an infection with UTI
- Cloudy, dark or bloody urine
- Urine with strange odor
- Burning or pain with urination
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Lower back pain
Below are some steps to take to prevent UTI
- Be well hydrated. Drink lots of water. Experts advise to drink approximately 2000cc fluid per day
- Drain the bladder fully each time you feel the need to urinate
- Do not put off urinating. Go when you must!
- Ask your Doctor which birth control method is best for you. Certain forms of birth control increase the risk for UTI.
- Cranberry juice may help prevent UTI, study shows.
- Wipe from front to back for both urination and excretion
- Avoid tight and nylon underwear
- Keep genital area dry
- Wear cotton or loose-fitting underwear
- When faced with choices, choose shower over bath
If for any reason you have contacted this infection, see your Doctor. Your Doctor will diagnose and prescribe antibiotic if necessary.