Updated Mar 12, 2021 | 15:00 IS

A urinary tract infection is an infection caused in parts of the urinary system. Women are most likely to be affected compared to men. It can be cured at home, but drugs are needed in severe cases.

Urinary Tract Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Home Remedies to Cure Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Home Remedies to Cure Urinary Tract Infection Photo Credit: Pixabay

Key highlights

  • Urinary tract infections are very common in women
  • Urinary tract infections are usually self-diagnostic and can be cured at home at an early stage
  • This is how you can diagnose and cure a urinary tract infection at home

New Delhi: The urinary tract infection can affect your kidney, urinary bladder, or urethra. If the infection becomes severe, the kidneys may also be affected. It’s a very common type of infection. Our urine generally does not contain bacteria or germs. Urine is a by-product of our kidneys. When the kidneys remove the toxins and waste products from the blood, urine is produced. The urine moves through the urinary system without contamination and complications. When bacteria or germs enter the urinary system from outside the body, it causes immense pain and problems such as inflammation and infection. The urinary tract produces and stores urine. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, urethra, ureters, and bladder. Every fifth woman is affected by urinary tract infections. It can also occur in men and children. If you get a urinary tract infection very frequently, you should see a doctor and follow proper treatment.

Causes of UTI:

Urinary tract infections are mainly caused by microorganisms, usually bacteria or germs. 90% of bladder infections are caused by E. coli, a bacterium that is normally found in the intestines. If the bacteria get into the urinary system and multiply in the bladder, it can cause serious infections. Urinary tract infection can also occur if you do not practice proper genital hygiene or if you use public washrooms very often and do not keep your genitals clean. UTI can also be transmitted sexually. To avoid urinary tract infections, you should practice sexual hygiene. When the bacterium grows into a full-blown infection, it affects your urinary bladder.

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection:

  1. A strong and persistent need to urinate
  2. Burning sensation when urinating
  3. Frequent and small amounts of urine
  4. Pass cloudy urine
  5. Urine that appears red, which could be a sign of blood in the urine
  6. Strong smelling urine or bad odor in the urine
  7. Pelvic pain and excruciating pain in the legs

Home remedies to cure urinary tract infections:

  1. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Drinking water in large quantities acts as an alkalizing agent and dilutes your urine. It ensures that you urinate frequently and that the bacteria and other toxins are quickly flushed out of your system, causing less damage.
  2. Cranberry juice works wonders if you have urinary tract infections. Consume as much cranberry juice as you can to keep the infection from growing and becoming severe.
  3. Properly wipe your genitals after urinating. Wipe your genitals front to back to prevent any bacteria that may be present from growing around your anal and vaginal areas.
  4. Make sure you drink plenty of water after intercourse. Urinary tract infections can be transmitted sexually. Therefore, it is very important that you empty your bladder immediately after intercourse to avoid the risk of infection.
  5. Do not use feminine products on your genitals if you have a urinary tract infection. Avoid deodorants, powders, and creams on your genitals.
  6. Apply ice to keep the area cold, then dry it with very soft toilet paper. Don’t go harshly on this area as it can cause irritation and redness.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions in the article are for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or nutritionist before starting any fitness program or making changes to your diet.

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