The discomfort and inconvenience of a urinary tract infection have been experienced by most persons during their lifetime.
Men and women show and experience different signs and symptoms.
Age also plays a role in the identification of this infection.
The person may have burning while urinating, an urge to pass urine often or might have to make a dash for the toilet to prevent wetting self.
In females the infection may be accompanied by itching due to a concurrent vaginal Infection. The urine will be cloudy.
Pregnant females are prone to UTIs because of the weight of the womb pressing against the bladder causing a shortening of the urethra. In addition the anus where the offending germ lives is in close proximity.
Men may have this problem because of an enlarged prostate or a sexually transmitted infection.
In young children a UTI may present as loss of appetite, diarrhea, fever and crying. In the newborn this will be identified by a low body temperature and jaundice.
Older folks will experience lethargy, senility and confusion, fever and incontinence.

TIPS AND WARNINGS

  • This is a serious medical problem and should be assessed by a medical practitioner.
  • At least 10 to 15 glasses of water taken daily will help to dilute the germs.
  • Drink at least 2 glasses Cranberry, Sorrel or Coconut water daily
  • Menopausal women should use Estrogen cream vaginally
  • Infants should be breast-fed as the breast milk contains antioxidant properties.
  • If the doctor prescribes Antibiotics, it is imperative that fluid intake be increased since the majority of these drugs that treat UTIs are sulphur-based. They need to be flushed from the system to prevent crystallization in the kidneys.
  • Avoid tight underwear and pants, wear panties with cotton crotch
  • Wash and dry underwear with heat for example the sun, a hot iron or dryer.
  • Avoid using perfumes on vagina.
  • Wipe from front to back after defecating to prevent wiping the germs into the urinary passage or vagina.
  • Ascertain allergy to latex rubber or spermicides.
  • Practice good personal hygiene by having a daily shower, changing underwear daily and washing the private parts after sex.
  • Have 1 faithful sex partner.
  • Sex partner should be treated to prevent getting back the infection.
  • Avoid anal sex.
  • Avoid douching except recommended by a doctor.
  • Have a balanced diet daily with an adequate helping of fruit and vegetables at each meal.
  • Adequate sleep and rest.
  • Potassium Citrate mixture can be purchased at the drug store. Take 30 mls in a glass of water daily.
  • Females on hormonal contraceptives experience a loss of Zinc and should replace this important antioxidant to prevent them becoming prone to infections.
  • For long-term health benefits take a multivitamin/multimineral daily and additional antioxidants such as Vitamins ACE and Selenium.
  • Encourage older folks to drink fluids often throughout the day.

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