Did you know women are more likely to have Urinary infection than men? - AV HOSPITAL

Did you know women are more likely to have Urinary infection than men?

Facts about UTI (Urinary tract infection) in women -

  • More than 10 million women suffer with UTI in a year in India
  • Lifetime risk if having UTI is 1 in every 2 women
  • 1 in 5 women have second episode of UTI
  • Women are more prone for urinary tract infection than men because of short urethra in women, the closeness of vagina and anus to urethra, use of public western type toilets
  • Having sex can introduce bacteria into the urinary tract
  • E. coli is the most common organism causing UTI

Symptoms of UTI are -

  • Burning sensation while passing urine
  • Frequent or intense urge for urination
  • Pain in the lower abdomen and or back
  • Passing red or blood coloured urine
  • Fever with chills

How is UTI treated?

Urine examination reveals plenty of pus cells, bacteria and red blood cells with UTI. The treatment is started with antibiotics empirically and analgesics or antipyretics. Urine is sent for bacterial culture and antibiotic sensitivity. Once the report is available after 48 – 72 hours, antibiotics are changed if necessary.

General measures to reduce the severity of symptoms are -

  • Drink plenty of fluids so that the bacteria are flushed in urine. Minimum of 3 -4 liters per day
  • Empty bladder frequently
  • Treat vaginal infections if any
  • Complete the full course of antibiotics (very important, as incomplete treatment leads to recurrent episodes of UTI)

Home based remedies to prevent UTI -

  • Drink plenty of fluids on a daily basis. UTI has been linked with the hydration status and studies has shown women who consume more water have less UTI
  • Don’t hold urine for long time- to avoid buildup of bacteria
  • Avoid feminine scented douches, sprays
  • Use of cotton undergarments over nylon and keeping the perineal region clean and dry
  • Cleanse the genital area before and after sexual intercourse
  • Consume more of Vitamin C on a daily basis. Consuming more than 100mg of Vitamin C reduces the risk of UTI by half. Foods rich in Vitamin C are Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruit, Red peppers, Kiwifruit
  • Consume Cranberry juice (unsweetened) or dried cranberry everyday. Cranberries work by preventing the bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. Tablets containing cranberry extract are also available in the market
  • Use of Probiotics- These are beneficial micro-organisms present in the food or supplements. Lactobacillus is a common probiotic strain, helped prevent UTIs in adult women. Probiotics also help in improving the digestive health and enhance immune system

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