Almost half of all women will experience a urinary tract infection in their life. However, many don't even know what the symptoms are so it can be misdiagnosed very easily (it's important to detect it as early as possible). Do you have any of the following symptoms?
- Loss of appetite.
- Burning sensation when urinating.
- Cloudy urine.
- Pink urine.
- Smelly urine.
- Pelvic pain (for women).
- Rectal pain (for men).
- Constant feeling of needing to urinate ..
- Only small amounts of urine possible
If you experience any of the following symptoms it's vital to see a doctor immediately. Leaving it for a long time can complicate matters so book an appointment today. All he / she needs to do is take a quick urine sample and this will determine what the ratio of white to red blood cells are in your urine. Too many white blood cells indicates a high chance of an infection being present. From here the most common course of action would be to take antibiotics, however, a more natural remedy is to drink lots and lots of cranberry juice. It's important to consider natural remedies for a potential UTI in some cases because a doctor will often prescribe antibiotics, which can have their own set of complications and side effects.
In the future it's best to just avoid getting a UTI in the first place. This is ensured by a good personal hygiene regimen. Washing very thoroughly every day and wiping from the front to back when on the toilet (most important for women). Bacteria found near the rectum is the most common source of infection for UTI's.
Make sure you always pee when you need to. Holding it in can cause the bladder to stretch out more and more over time making the bladder never fully able to empty out completely. Wash your genitals before and after sex, drink 6 – 8 glasses of water per day and get your daily Vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce UTI's by boosting the immune system. If you do get an infection it's not the end of the world, just go to the doctor, get some antibiotics and check your personal hygiene habits. Another important factor is to eat a good diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit. UTI symptoms can be quite misleading so make sure you get diagnosed by a professional as soon as possible. The only real danger with UTI's is a misdiagnosis and the wrong treatment protocol.