Urinary Tract Infection is an infection that occurs in any part of the urinary system, that includes your kidneys, urethra, bladder, ureters.
Women are known to be highly susceptible to this infection than men.
It is also said that women will have repeated infections throughout her life, but men may not get affected as much.
UTIs are caused by the uncleanness of the excretory system. The bacteria from the large intestine, like E. Coli, can sometimes get out of your anus and into your urethra. From there, they can travel up to your bladder and, if infection isn’t treated, can continue on to infect your kidneys.
Since women have shorter urethras than men, they are easily susceptible to UTI.
Sex can also introduce bacteria into your urinary tract.
There have been some cases where women have gotten the infection because of their genes.
In other cases, women with diabetes may be at higher risk because of their weakened immune systems which make them less capable of fighting off infections.
Other conditions that can boost your risk include hormonal changes, multiple sclerosis, a spinal cord injury, kidney stones, a stroke; anything that affects urine flow.
The SYMPTOMS of a UTI are:
A burning feeling when you pee.
An intense urge to pee, even after you urinate a little amount.
Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange smelling pee.
Feeling tired or shaky.
Fever or chills. (This is an indication that the infection has reached the kidneys.)
Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen.
There are certain ways you can treat UTIs, like:
If your physician has prescribed the medicines, antibiotics are the most common treatment.
Drinking lots of water also helps in flushing out the bacteria from the system.
Sometimes, a heating pad also helps.
Cranberry juice is also a suggested effective treatment for UTIs. The red berry contains a tanin that might help prevent the bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder, where the infection usually originates.