Urinary infections can happen to anyone at anytime in life and affect any of our urinary organs, including the bladder, uterus, kidneys or urethra.
Typically urinary infections are caused by bacteria that enter your body through the urethra and travel to the bladder; women suffer from urinary infections more often than men because the urethra is smaller and much closer to the anus in women.
This article will give you some steps to prevent urinary infections and ways to treat the uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms that accompany them.
Early warning signs of infection
Urinary infections don’t always manifest in every urinary organ. Before spreading to the kidneys and other organs, it often begins in a single area, more often the bladder. The following are some early warning signs:
- Cloudy or bloody urine.
- Strong smelling urine.
- Low grade fever (though not all people experience this symptom).
- Pain during urination.
- Pressure in the lower abdomen, or in the lumbar area of your spine.
- A frequent need to urinate.
Symptoms indicating a spread of the infection, especially to the kidneys
- Chills or uncontrollable shakes.
- Night sweats.
- A fever over 100 F.
- Back pain or pain in the groin area.
- Red tinged skin.
- Mood swings or confusion (generally among the elderly).
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Strong pain in the abdomen (not always present).
Risks factors for urinary infections
- Alzheimer’s or delirium (generally among the elderly).
- Problems emptying the bladder.
- Larger than normal prostate, a stretched urethra or other conditions that affect ability to urinate.
- Going long periods of time without physical activity.
How to prevent urinary infections
Anytime we hear of a new illness or disease that might affect us, however minimal the risk, we always look for ways to protect ourselves against it no matter the cost, and urinary infections are no exception. We recommend the following prevention methods to ensure you don’t suffer the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection.
Practice a healthy hygiene
Anytime you cleanse your intimate genital areas, it’s very important to wipe from front to back to avoid tracking bacteria from the rectal area to the urethra.
Drink plenty of liquids
Keeping hydrated, especially by consuming water helps promote diuresis, or the production of urine, and limits the proliferation of bacterias.
Empty your bladder
Make sure you are emptying your bladder when you feel the urge to urinate; if urine remains in your bladder it often provides the perfect conditions for germs present in the organ already to grow and spread throughout your system.
Urinate before and after intercourse
Several harmful germs have been proven to transfer to the urethra more easily among those who are sexually active. It’s recommended that you urinate after sex so that your body can easily evacuate those contaminants.
Spermicides have a negative affect on the PH balance of your genital areas and can actually help new pathogens which cause urinary tract infections to grow by creating a favorable environment in your intimate areas.
Home remedies for urinary infections
Just like many other afflictions, urinary infections can be treated at home. But be careful! Home remedies only help in cases where a urinary infection is quickly diagnosed and is in its beginning stages; if the urinary infection has already spread and home remedies haven’t helped, it is recommended you visit your medical care provider. Below you’ll find some of our recommended home remedies.
When symptoms first appear, you should immediately treat with the following remedy. Dissolve 1/4 tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate in 8 ounces of water.
Drink two full glasses of only water, then the sodium bicarbonate mix.
Water is an excellent purifier and when consumed daily. In the case of urinary infections, it plays an important role in eliminating germs that build up in the bladder, and helping to cleanse the urinary tract.
Studies have shown that cranberry juice can help prevent and eliminate the bacteria that attach themselves to the urinary tract, and contribute to the spread of infection in the area.
Coconut water helps keep your kidneys cleansed of toxins; coconut oil is also an affect antibacterial which has been proven to eliminate E. coli, even the antibacterial resistant strains.