The urinary system makes urine and flushes it out of your body. It includes your urinary bladder and kidneys as well as the urethra, tubes that connect these organs. At one point, bacterial infection can occur when any microbial matter enter the system.
Most urinary tract infections are usually bladder infections, and are not serious if they are treated right away. Otherwise, it will most likely to spread to your kidney, and can cause permanent damage.
Causes of urinary tract infection
One cause for urinary tract infection to affect your system is due bacteria or germs. Sometimes they get into your system through the urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of the body. These germs can also live in the large intestine and are released in stool. Should they get in these tubes, they can travel up and cause an infection to the kidneys or the urinary bladder.
Women are more susceptible to bladder infections than men, more probably due to shorter urethras. Therefore it’s easier for bacteria to travel and infect the urinary tract. Having sexual intercourse can make it easier for them to get into the urethra.
Risk of infection is higher for those who don’t have enough fluid intakes, have high blood sugar levels, or are in pregnancy. You can also risk getting infected when you have anything that blocks the flow of urine from your bladder. These include kidney stones and an enlarged prostate gland.
Symptoms of the disease
You may have an infection if you have any of these symptoms:
- Pain or burning sensation during urination
- Feeling to urinate often, but fail to do so.
- Tenderness of the abdominal area
- Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
- Pain on one side of your back under your ribs.
- High-grade fever and chills
- Nausea and vomiting.
Call your doctor right away if you think you have an infection and:
- You have a fever, nausea and vomiting, or pain on either side of your back.
- You have diabetes, kidney problems, or a weak immune system.
- You are older than 65.
- You are pregnant.
Can urinary tract infection be prevented?
You can help prevent these infections.
- Drink lots of water every day.
- Urinate often. Never try to hold it.
- If you are a woman, urinate right after sexual contact.
- Postmenopausal women may want to ask their doctors about using vaginal oestrogen to prevent recurring UTIs.
Herbal remedies for urinary tract infection
Add supplementary support from herb extracts of Raintree Amazon A-P and Vitamin C to your diet to strengthen your immune system. It helps fight off bacteria. It also increases urine flow because Vitamin C helps the immune system from anti-bacteria substances that make urine more acidic to kill bacterial infections. If symptoms persist, then it is time to seek medical help.