Urinary Tract Infection or UTI. This video is on causes, symptoms, tips to prevent avoid them naturally even when sexually active.
Urinary Tract Infection or UTI for short. UTIs can affect different parts of your urinary tract, including your bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis) or kidneys (kidney infection).
UTIs are a worldwide global issue with 8 billion doctor visits worldwide, it’s the number one bacterial infection. Women are 20 to 1 men likely have UTI. It’s all to do with the anatomy but we won’t go into that as this video is about helpful tips that can help prevent a UTI.
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SYMPTOMS OF A UTI:
• Needing to pee suddenly or more often than usual
• Pain or a burning sensation when peeing
• Smelly or cloudy pee
• Blood in your pee
• Pain in your lower tummy
• Feeling tired and unwell
• In older people, changes in behaviour such as severe confusion or agitation
• UTI symptoms may be difficult to spot in people with dementia.
TIPS THAT CAN HELP PREVENT A UTI:
Tip 1- Try to drink plenty of water if you have a UTI as it can dilute the bacteria that’s in your bladder and urethra which is the tube that your pee comes out of.
However if you have to take antibiotics don’t drink excessive amounts of water because you need the antibiotics to remain concentrated so it sticks around in the bladder and urethra where the infection is.
Tip 2- Wipe from front to back when you go to the toilet. If you wipe from back to front bad bacteria that colonises the rectum like e.coli can get to the urethra and put you at risk of a UTI.
Tip 3- If you keep getting urinary tract infections after sexual intercourse. Try emptying your bladder soon after sexual intercourse as it can help you prevent a UTI.
Tip 4- Try to fully empty your bladder when you pee and also don’t hold your pee. When you have the urge go for a pee.
Tip 5- Going for a shower instead of a bath can help. Also try wearing loose cotton underwear and avoid tight jeans, trousers and synthetic underwear like nylon.
Tip 6 – Natural remedies: There is very little evidence that drinking cranberry juice or using probiotics reduces your chance of getting UTIs.
SEE A GP IF:
• You’re a man with symptoms of a UTI
• You’re pregnant and have symptoms of a UTI
• Your child has symptoms of a UTI
• You’re caring for someone elderly who may have a UTI
• You haven’t had a UTI before
• You have blood in your pee
• Your symptoms don’t improve within a few days
• Your symptoms come back after treatment
• If you have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, you can also get treatment from a sexual health clinic.
SEE A GP URGENTLY IF YOU HAVE:
• Pain in your sides or lower back
• A very high temperature or you feel hot and shivery
• Felt sick or been sick
These symptoms suggest a kidney infection, which can be serious if it isn’t treated.
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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.