Urinary Tract Infections are common in all age groups and account for up to 8 million visits to the health provider, a survey according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Although the symptoms experienced by different people are different, there are some common symptoms:
- Frequent and severe urge to use the washroom
- Able to pass only a small quantity of urine each time
- Burning sensation during urination
- Blood in urine
The two kidneys, two ureters, bladder and urethra together function to help the urinary tract to remove bacteria, in spite of the fact that bacteria once formed multiply in huge numbers resulting in urinary tract infections. The infection may begin in the bladder but can spread to any part in the tract.
Some lesser-known facts about urinary tract infection are listed here that could help a person deal with the problem in a better way :
Fever with a urinary tract infection
If you have a fever with no other symptoms such as sneezing or coughing, you may be suffering from urinary tract infection. The temperature can go up to 101 or 102 degrees.
More common in women than men
The urethra is a connection from inside the bladder to the outside of the body, is a part where the bacteria gets in. Since the urethra is shorter in women than men, women are more susceptible to contracting a urinary tract infection.
Cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infection is not yet proven
There is no evidence that cranberry juice helps prevent urinary tract infection, but if you like to drink it, watch the calories you put on. Remember drinking plenty of water or fluids does help prevent infection, by flushing bacteria out of the urinary tract before infection begins.
Diabetes could be a cause of developing urinary tract infection
As diabetes affects the body’s defence system, there is a higher chance of getting a urinary tract infection.
Adults over the age of 65-70 years may have a feeling of being confused about their daily activities if they suffer from a urinary tract infection, or increased symptoms of dementia. Improvement is seen after a cycle of medications.
Catheters could increase the risk of a urinary tract infection
In case you are on a catheter for a long time after a surgery or procedure, it is quite common for bacteria to collect on the catheter increasing the risk.
urinary tract infection can lead to serious complications
Seeing a doctor as soon as you have a urinary tract infection is very important, as antibiotics can help clear the infection and without which there could be a scare of renal tract scar, hypertension or kidney diseases.
A urinary tract infection is treatable easily if you visit the doctor at the earliest, to avoid further complications. Book an appointment at the earliest, if you have any of the symptoms.
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