How to prevent urinary tract infections

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect the urinary tract, kidneys, ureters, bladder and the urethra. UTIs are caused because of reasons like the presence of bacteria in the bowel, fungi and viruses. There are certain symptoms including the pain/burning while peeing, passing out cloudy urine, witnessing blood/puss in the urine and acute cramping in the body which indicate that your body is suffering a UTI.  Below are a few natural treatment options one can choose from for treating the infection:

  • Urinate Often

Girls and women who easily catch the UTIs should develop the habit of peeing frequently. Peeing often helps in flushing out the bacteria from the urinary tract which will prevent the occurrence of an infection. If the urine remains longer in the bladder, there are chances of the bacteria getting multiplied.

  • Urinate after intercourse

It is important to urinate after the intercourse because there is a risk of transfer of bacteria from the genital area and the anus into the bladder. Immediately urinating after an intercourse helps in flushing the system off the bacteria that might have multiplied and caused UTI.

  • Drinking enough liquid

Drinking large amounts of liquid helps in flushing out the unwanted bacteria from the urinary tract. Drinking more water helps in diluting the urine and increasing the no. of times one goes to urinate.

  • Keep the Genitals Clean

Keeping the genital area clean with water and mild soap is important to prevent the growth of bacteria. There is a chance of bacteria getting into the bladder and urethra during intercourse which might cause UTI.

  • Avoid using  irritant products

To keep the vagina protected from any sort of infection, one should not use deodorant sprays, bubble bath liquids and bath oils. All these products irritate the bladder and are a primary cause of UTIs. Because of the use of such products, sometimes the vaginal flora starts getting disturbed which leads to an infection. In addition to the above-mentioned tips, one should wear cotton underwear which are breathable and should avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes. During the time of periods, changing pads and tampons often is necessary.

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