Urinary tract infection or UTI is an infection of the urinary tract and may either be cystitis or bladder infection, or pyelonephritis or kidney infection.
UTI is caused by bacteria which enter the urinary tract and multiply in the bladder.
Women are more at risk because they have shorter urethra than men do; this enable the bacteria to reach a woman’s bladder faster. Sexually active women are prone to having UTI. Contraceptives with spermicidal agents increase the risk in women. UTI is also common among women in their post menopausal stage due to lack of estrogen. Abnormalities in the urinary tract, kidney stones, enlarged prostate and the use of catheter can also increase risk of UTI.
Signs and symptoms
When you have an urinary tract infection, you will feel pain or burning sensation when urinating and an urge to urinate frequently.
Fever or side pains as well as nausea and vomiting are common when you suffer from pyelonephritis. Pain in the pubic bone and lower back can also be experienced while your urine appearance may look different due to pus in the urine.
Females more than males usually have urinary tract infection such that half of the women population contract the disease once in their lifetime. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat urinary tract infection.
Natural treatment for urinary tract infection as suggested by some research is the intake of cranberry either in juice form or in capsules. The long term effects of cranberry fruit will prevent frequent infections. Mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water forms a mixture that can prevent development of UTI and also ease your infection since the soda neutralizes the acid in your urine.
Eating a cup of pineapple may also help you get rid of the infection. Try to drink also plenty of water or juice from coconut fruit to promote frequent urination and flush out the infection.
Herbal diuretics have been known to increase urine production after increasing flow of blood through the kidneys and hastening discharge of the infection. Examples of such herbs are barberry and buchu. Good herbs such as dandelion, horsetail, nettles, barberry leaves and goldenrod contain antibacterial effects and can also lead to water diuresis.
Always remember not to hold your urine so as to prevent development of this infection in the long term.
Cut in your caffeine intake and avoid alcoholic drinks which are an irritant to your bladder.
Be sure also to clean up with your partner before having sexual intercourse. If you are a female, always remember to wipe from the front of your vagina towards your back and not the other way around after bowel movement.