A urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most frequently occurring infections in the US. Both men and women can develop one, but they’re more prevalent in women; in fact, it’s estimated that about 50 percent of women will develop at least one at some point in their lives.
UTIs occur when bacteria passes through the urethra and spreads and multiplies in the bladder. The symptoms of a urinary tract infection include an increased need to urinate but only passing little urine, a burning feeling while urinating, cloudy, foul smelling urine, and pain in the pelvic area. If treated promptly, UTIs generally aren’t serious, however, if they are left untreated, they can cause a number of complications; therefore, prompt treatment is necessary.
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Since a UTI is a bacterial infection, antibiotics are the most common form of treatment. Your doctor may prescribe other treatment options:
- ciprofloxacin cipo
- any number of other antibiotics, depending on your symptoms and medical history
Generally, antibiotic treatments are the most effective form of treatment for a UTI, and they offer the fastest relief. Some people may not be able to take antibiotics, however; they may be allergic to them or they may be taking medications that cannot be combined with them. Some individuals may simply not like the idea of taking antibiotics, or they may not have health insurance. In any of these cases, the following remedies may offer relief:
- Cranberry juice is the most commonly used natural treatment for UTIs. It’s believed to contain a compound that helps to prevent bacteria like E.coli from attaching to the cells within the bladder. It’s also rich in antioxidants, which offer antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Probioitics are helpful bacteria that may help to prevent and treat UTIs; specifically lactobacilli. They may stop dangerous bacteria from attaching to the cells of the urinary tract, reduce pH levels in urine, and encourage the production of hydrogen peroxide within the urine.
- Water: simply staying well hydrated may prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Water improves the function of the organs within the urinary tract (the bladder, kidneys, etc), thereby improving the removal of waste, including bacterium that can cause a UTI. Water also helps to dilute urine content and flushes out the system faster, making it more difficult for harmful bacteria to attach to the cells of the urinary tract.
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The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. These organs are all involved in the production, storage and discharge of urine. Take a look at the following resources to learn more about this important system.
- Hematuria or Why Do I Have Blood in my Urine?
- The Urinary Tract System: How it Works
- The Urinary Tract System: Urinary Diversion.pdf
- The Urinary Tract System: Urinary Retention
- Urinary Tract Infections in Adults
- The Urinary Tract System: Urine Blockage in Infants
- What you Need to Know about: Pediatric Urinary Tract Infections
- What you Need to Know about: Urinary Tract Infections in Adults
- The Urinary Tract System: Imaging
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