Many women suffer from urinary tract infections, and some are prone to get them more often than others. UTIs are defined as any infection of the urinary system, which may include the bladder, the kidneys, the ureters and the urethra. If a UTI is left untreated, the infection may spread to the kidneys and have serious consequences. Because of this, it’s important that you know what signs and symptoms to watch for.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections
If you’ve had a UTI before, you’ll know almost immediately if you are developing another. Some women (and men) are unaware of the likelihood of an infection and may go days or weeks before realizing treatment is available. Common UTI symptoms include:
- Pressure or pain in the lower abdomen or back
- Burning feeling every time you urinate
- Intense or frequent need to urinate, although not much comes out when you try
- Feeling shaky or tired
- Chills or fever
- Strange-smelling, bloody, dark or cloudy urine
If you have the chills or a fever, it is a sign that the infection has likely moved to your kidneys and you should seek medical attention immediately. Fortunately, there are ways to build up a bacterial defense to help you prevent the recurrence of these infections.
If you suffer from these infections and wonder how to prevent recurrent UTIs, there are several things you can do regularly.
- Avoid scented douches, hygiene sprays and scented bath products
- Take a dose of vitamin C and B6 every day
- Shower over taking a bath
- Stay hydrated and drink water
- Empty your bladder regularly
- Wipe from front to back
- Always urinate after sex
There are over the counter products that treat the symptoms of a UTI, but don’t get rid of the actual bacteria. You will need an antibiotic to get rid of the infection and this involves a costly visit to the doctor. If you have recurring UTIs, there are many ways you can prevent them with products that are designed to fight bacteria from growing in your body.