5 Significant Tips to Avoid Urinary Tract Infection

5 Significant Tips to Avoid Urinary Tract Infection

As most women know, a urinary tract infection can be very painful and always requires a trip to the doctor’s office for treatment. Some women just seem to be more prone to urinary tract infections. There are risk factors that can make a woman more vulnerable to this infection.

Risk Factors and Tips

Urinary Tract Infection

One common way that women become infected is by poor hygiene. It’s very important to maintain proper hygiene in the vaginal and rectal areas. Also be sure to wipe from front to back. Germs found around the rectal area can be transferred by improper wiping. Bacteria travel upwards from the urethra into the bladder and can even continue traveling to the kidneys themselves causing an upper tract infection. Bacteria can spread quickly from the vaginal walls to the urethra and the bladder. Other tips include avoiding prolonged baths. Bathwater can become contaminated allowing bacteria to move into the bladder opening area.

Many doctors also recommend using tampons instead of sanitary napkins. Tampons keep the bladder opening area drier and limit bacterial growth. Be sure to wear clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Tightfitting clothing can trap moisture causing a bacterial growth. If you seem more prone to urinary tract infections, be sure to drink more water. Cranberry juice is also effective in younger women. If your urine is a darker yellow, then this can indicate that you are not drinking enough water.

Take extra precautions after sexual activity as well. Empty the bladder after intercourse and drink several extra glasses of water. Spermicidal jelly not only kills sperm but it also kills normal vaginal florae and this can increase the likelihood of bacterial growth.

If you are experiencing pain or burning during urination, then seek prompt medical attention. Your doctor may recommend a urinalysis and check for other signs of vaginal inflammation and infection. Be sure to take all medications as prescribed by your doctor. Sometimes patients quit taking their antibiotics as soon as they start to feel better, allowing the infection to return. Once this occurs it can be more difficult to get rid of an infection.

Urologist Wellington FL

Dr. Nancy Lobby is a Urologist in Wellington, Florida who diagnoses and treats female patients only. If you have symptoms of urinary tract infection or if you are suffering from it, call Dr. Lobby at All Women Urology today at (561)795-1234.

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