Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTI's) are more common than you think, especially in women. The symptoms can include a painful burning sensation while urinating, a constant urge to urinate, pain in the lower abdomen, and clouding or blood in your urine. UTI's can also affect children and the symptoms can include fever and abdominal pain. If you suspect you have a UTI, it is best to consult your doctor immediately. What causes urinary tract infections?  |  Avoiding urinary tract infections   
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What causes urinary tract infections?

Urinary tract infections commonly happen when bacteria from the large intestine enters the urethra and travels up to the bladder and, if untreated, on to the kidneys.   Sex can also bring bacteria into the urinary tract.  

Avoiding urinary tract infections

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Cranberry juice may help to prevent infections.
  • Empty your bladder before or after sex.
  • When wiping after a bowel movement, wipe away from your urethra i.e. front to back.
  • Cotton underpants are recommended.
  • Maintain good hygiene.
  • Steer clear of alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
  • Quit smoking.
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