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How to Find Relief From a Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection — or UTI — is painful to deal with. Learn what you can do to kick the bladder infection quickly and naturally.

| January/February 1982

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    Urinary Tract Infections are more than annoying — they are dangerous if left untreated.

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The disease goes by different names — bladder infection, cystitis, urinary tract infection or UTI — but the symptoms are always the same and they're always agonizing. Suddenly you feel an urgent need to urinate. When you try to do so, however, you can produce very little, and a dreadful burning sensation rewards your efforts. The urge returns every few minutes, too — sometimes accompanied by lower abdominal pain, a low-grade fever, chills or blood in the urine.

Although it's certainly not fatal, cystitis is a very uncomfortable condition and it strikes an amazingly large segment of the population. In fact, many authorities agree that it's women's most common bacterial infection and their second most common illness overall, occurring more frequently than any disease except colds!

The bacteria usually responsible for UTI are Escherichia coli (commonly known as E. coli ) — organisms necessary to proper digestion — which lives in the intestines and bowel. In order to cause UTI, though, the bacteria must find their way into the urethra and then up to the bladder where they feed on urine, multiply and cause infection. As you'd imagine, then, bladder aliments are of primary concern to women, because of some basic anatomical differences between the sexes: Women's urethral and anal openings are closer together than are men's, and their urethras are also considerably shorter.

How to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection

Because most UTI are caused by E. coli micro-organisms that have crept from the anal area into the vagina and urethra, proper hygiene is the best way to prevent flare-ups. Here are four basic rules a woman should follow if she wishes to avoid a painful bout of cystitis.

[1] After eliminating, be careful to wipe from front to back (away from the urethra), to prevent the passage of bacteria into the bladder.

[2] Keep the vaginal and anal areas clean, preferably with a mild, non-perfumed soap.

11/10/2017 8:51:34 AM

There is definitely a connection between sex and getting uti's, it is so important to go to the bathroom after every time you have sex. Cystex has an informative article on it that really shed some light on how to prevent urinary tract infections from sexual intercourse . Each time I got a uti i got over the counter uti medication, Cystex, to relieve my pain. I used to use another brand but switched to this because it also has an antibacterial agent that prevents the infection from getting worse until you get to the doctor

Aastha Mehra
10/9/2013 6:56:31 AM

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