Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system. The urinary tract involves the kidneys, urinary bladder, urethra and ureters. The urinary tract are all connected with one another through the urinary tubes. The kidneys filters toxic wastes and produce urine that is stored in the bladder. The bladder is emptied through a urethra and the urine is voided through the vaginal or penis. The entire tract from the kidneys to the penis or vaginal is known as urinary tract. Urinary tract infections happens when bacteria or foreign body(ies) enters the urinary tract. Women are at greater risk of developing urinary tract infection than men.
In this article, these are what you will come across: urinary tract infection signs and symptoms, causes, types, risk factors, complications, prevention and natural treatments.
I’m sure you’re with on this side when I say; this article will enable YOU to know:
- Definition of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
- Symptoms of UTI .
- Causes of UTI.
- Types of urinary tract infections.
- Factors that increases your chances of getting urinary tract infection.
- When you must get Medical advice.
- What may happen if UTI is not properly treated.
- How UTI can be prevented and
- Urinary Tract Infections NATURAL TREATMENTS.
Now, let’s take a look…
Signs and Symptoms
Urinary tract infection don’t always have symptoms but when it do, they may include:
(a) a strong persistent urge to urinate.
(b) a burning sensation when urinating.
(c) passing frequent small amount of urine.
(d) urine appears cloudy.
(e) a sign of blood in the urine.
(f) strong smelling urine.
(g) pelvic pain in women, especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pelvic bone.
UTI’s may be overlooked or mistaken for other conditions in older adults.
Each type of UTI’s may result in more-specific signs and symptoms, depending on which of the urine tract infected:
KIDNEYS (Acute Pyelonephritis)
- Upper back and side (flank) pain.
- High fever.
- Shaking and chills.
- Pelvic pressure.
- Lower abdomen discomfort
- Frequent and painful urination.
- Blood in the urine.
- Burning with urination and
You’re about to find out…
Causes of Urinary Tract Infection
The urine is normally sterile. An infection occurs when bacteria get into the urine and begin to grow. The bacteria infection usually starts at the opening of the urethra where the urine leaves the body and moves upward into the urinary tract.
- The culprit in at least 90 % of uncomplicated infections is a type of bacteria called Escherichhia coli, better known as E. coli. These bacteria normally live in the bowel (colon) and around the anus.
- These bacteria can move from the area of the anus to the opening of the urethra. The two most common causes are improper wiping and sexual intercourse.
- Usually, the act of emptying the bladder (urinating) flushes the bacteria out of the urethra. If there are too many bacteria, urinating may not stop their spread.
- The bacteria can travel up the urethra to the bladder, where they can grow and cause an infection.
- The infection can spread further as the bacteria move up from the bladder through the ureters.
- If they reach the kidney, they can cause a kidney infection (pyelonephritis), which can become a very serious condition if not properly treated.
Now, these are important…
The following factors can increase the likelihood of developing a urinary tract infection:
- Sexual intercourse, especially if more frequent, intense and with multiple or new partners.
- Poor personal hygiene.
- Problems emptying the bladder completely.
- Bowel incontinence.
- Blocked urine flow.
- Having a urinary catheter.
- Kidney stones.
- Some forms of contraception.
- Immobility for a long period of time.
- Use of spermicides and tampons.
- Suppressed immune system.
- Heavy use of antibiotics that can distrupt the natural flora of the bowel and urinary tract.
Women may be more likely to get Urinary tract infections because their urethra is shorter than men and is closer to their anus (back passage).
So when do YOU get MEDICAL ADVICE?
It is a good idea to see your GP if YOU think you might have a UTI, particularly if:
(a) you have symptoms of an upper urinary tract infections.
(b) the symptoms are getting severe or worse.
(c) the symptoms haven’t started to improve after a few days and
(d) you get urinary tract infections frequently.
Stay with me now…
When promptly and properly treated, lower urinary tract infections rarely leads to complications. When left untreated, a urinary tract infections can have serious consequences that include:
(1) SEPSIS: It is a potentially life threatening complications of an infection, if the infection work its way up your urinary tract to your kidneys.
(2) URETHRAL: narrowing (stricture) in men from recurrent URETHRITIS, formerly seen with gonococcal urethritis.
(3) RECURRENT INFECTIONS: especially in women who experience two or more UTI’s in a 6 months period or more within a year.
(4) PERMANENT KIDNEY DAMAGE: from acute or chronic kidney infection as a result of untreated urinary tract infection.
(5) INCREASED RISK IN PREGNANT WOMEN: of delivering low birth or premature infants.
How do YOU PREVENT Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s)?
If you get UTIs frequently, there are some things you can try that may STOP it from coming back. However, it’s not clear how effective most of these measures are. They include:
- Staying well hydrated.
- Avoiding perfume bubble bath, soap or talcum powder around genitals – use plain, unperfumed varieties and have a shower rather than a bath.
- Wiping your bottom from front to back when you go to the toilet.
- Emptying your bladder as soon as possible after having sex.
- Going to the toilet as soon as you need to pee and always emptying your bladder fully.
- Not using a contraceptive diaphragm or condoms with spermicidal lubricant on them – you may wish to use another contraception method instead.
- Wearing underwear made from cotton, rather than synthetic material such as nylon and avoiding tight jeans and trousers.
Always inform YOUR health care provider if pregnant or breast feeding and these herbs or NATURAL TREATMENTS are not substitute for ANTIBIOTICS when they’re needed. They may be use together to strengthen the urinary tract mucous membranes or to prevent an infection.
Do consult your Doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Use natural treatments as an adjunct treatment.
Here’s how YOU can do it yourselve…
URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS NATURAL TREATMENTS
(1) HIBISCUS SABDARIFFA (Roselle in English; Yakuwa, Zobo rodo in Hausa; Isapa pupa in Yoruba) prepare tea infusion of 3 handfuls of Hibiscus Sabdariffa. Sieve the the tea infusion and pour it inside a flask. Drink 250 ml three times a day.
(2) BANANA STEM JUICE: Take 2 tablespoons of Banana Stem Juice three times a day.
(3) HORSETAIL : Put 1 tablespoon of Horsetail powder in 250 ml cup of hot water. Allow it to boil for 5 minutes. When it is cool, strain and drink. Do it twice in a day.
(4) STINGING NETTLE (Ewe esin-sin, Ewe Esisi in Yoruba; Akwu, Agbara in Igbo; Osokporode in Urhobo) prepare tea infusion of Stinging Nettle. Drink 250 ml two times a day.
(5) MARSHMALLOW: It has a softening demulcant effect on irritated mucous membranes of the urinary tract. Put 1 tablespoon of Marshmallow root powder in 300 ml cup of water. Let it boil for 7 minutes. Strain and drink when it is cool. Drink once a day.
(6) Take 150 ml YOGURT together with 2 pieces of Cucumber daily.
(7) PYGEUM (Emi, Olowomefa in Yoruba; Osisi in Igbo; Ka’danya in Hausa) Prepare tea decoction of Pygeum Bark Powder in 300 ml water. Allow it to boil for 7 minutes. When it is cool, strain and drink. Do it two times a day.
(8) WILD LETTUCE (Efo yan-rin in Yoruba; Nomen barewa, Namijin dayii in Hausa) Consume slightly boiled Wild Lettuce or you may take it as salad.
(9) BOERHAVIA DIFFUSA (Baba juju in Hausa; Azeigwe in Igbo; Eti-pon-ola Etipa elila in Yoruba) Crush the fresh leaves of Boerhavia Diffusa. Extract the juice. Take 2 tablespoons twice a day.
(10) Put a piece CUCUMBER, a CARROT and 1/4 teaspoon of GINGER in blender. Blend all together. Drink the juice. Take it two times a day.
(11) COCONUT WATER (Omi agbon in Yoruba; Ruwan Kwankwar in Hausa; Mmri Aki beke in Igbo; Ame kokodia in Urhobo) Drink 300 ml of fresh Coconut water daily.
(12) STELLANIA MEDIA (Chick weed in Yoruba) Prepare tea infusion of Chickweed. Drink 250 ml two times a day.
Or: Put 15 to 25 drops of ‘Stellania Media’ tincture in a cup of 200 ml water. Take it once a day.
(13) CORN SILK: Obtain fresh Corn Silk and spread them in the shade. When the Corn Silk is thoroughly dried they become brown. Put some Corn Silk in 300 ml cup of water. Boil it for 10 minutes. When it is cool, strain and drink. Do it two times a day.
(14) Mix Coconut water of 70 ml with 100 ml Spinach (Egungun ori iganna, Toromon iganna, Amunututu in Yoruba; Allayyahu in Hausa; Gborongi in Igbo) and 1/4 teaspoon of Tumeric (Atale Pupa in Yoruba; Kurkur in Hausa; Gigir in Tiv; Iblue in Urhobo; Ohuboboch, Nwandumo in Igbo) juice. Mix them together and drink. Take it 2 times a day.
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