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Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection, often known as a UTI, is an infection that affects any portion of your urinary system, including your kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. If you’re a woman, you’re more likely to have a urinary tract infection. According to some experts, your lifetime risk of developing one is as high as 1 in 2, with many women experiencing many infections over the course of years.

What are the general symptoms of UTI?

The symptoms of UTI includes:

  • A burning feeling when you pee
  • A frequent or intense urge to pee, even though little comes out when you do
  • Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling pee
  • Feeling tired or shaky
  • Fever or chills (a sign that the infection may have reached your kidneys)
  • Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen

What are the risk factors of urinary tract infection?

You are prone to suffer from urinary tract infection if you have any of these conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Problems emptying the bladder completely
  • Having a urinary catheter
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Blocked flow of urine
  • Kidney stones
  • Some forms of contraception
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Procedures involving the urinary tract
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Immobility for a long period
  • Use of spermicides and tampons
  • Heavy use of antibiotics, which can disrupt the natural flora of the bowel and urinary tract

How you can prevent yourself from UTI?

You can take precautionary measures to prevent this condition including:

  • Drink lots of water and urinate frequently.
  • Avoid fluids such as alcohol and caffeine that can irritate the bladder.
  • Showers are preferred to baths and avoid using oils.
  • Avoid using a diaphragm or spermicide for birth control.