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Say goodbye to UTIs
…and if you get one, some tips for handling it.
Like its name “Urinary Tract Infection” suggests, a UTI is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract, which includes:
- Kidneys (filter the blood to produce urine)
- Ureters (carry urine from kidneys to bladder)
- Bladder (stores urine)
- Urethra (carries urine from bladder to the toilet bowl)
UTIs are caused by bacteria in the area, which can occur due to any of the following:
- Sexual intercourse: can push germs into the urethra
- Holding in urine for too long: the longer it stays in your bladder, the more germs are made, and the more intense the UTI becomes.
- Having a kidney stone: or anything that makes it hard to completely empty the bladder
The common thread here? Anything that causes germs to enter and remain in the urinary tract. So then the best way to avoid a UTI is to maintain good hygiene, ensuring that those germs stay far away!
It’s all in the urine: Okay, so you’ve been keeping clean, but still think you might have gotten a UTI. Some common symptoms to look out for include:
- Constant, strong urge to urinate
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Frequently passing small amounts of urine
- Cloudy urine, or urine that appears dark and discolored (a sign of blood present)
- Strong smelling urine
- For women, pelvic pain and for men, rectal pain
If you exhibit any of these symptoms, talk to us. You can even be treated over the phone, if you don’t have known kidney disease, aren’t running a fever, and don’t have pain in your upper back. And if you do end up having a UTI, it can be cleared up in just a few days with antibiotics. Left untreated, UTIs can be harmful to your kidneys, not to mention super uncomfortable! So if you suspect something’s up, don’t wait it out.
Also worth noting: some STIs can present themselves like a UTI. If you find yourself exhibiting any of these symptoms and have had a new partner within the last 90 days, come see us for an STI screening, just to be safe!
Moral of the story? Hygiene is key for healthy pee.