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Understanding UTIs: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

June 17, 2024

In this “Balls Deep” episode, we'll be exploring a topic that affects many people, especially women: urinary tract infections (UTIs). Keep reading to learn more about UTIs, common myths, and what to do if you have them.

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria invade the urinary system resulting in inflammation causing symptoms like burning while urinating or dysuria, frequent urge to urinate, and sometimes bladder pain or back pain. In older adults, UTIs can even cause delirium.

Common Myths and Causes

One big-time myth is that if you get a UTI then you are “unclean.” This is not true at all. Some of the factors that cause UTIs include:

Holding urine: Putting off going to the bathroom can lead to bladder problems and increase your risk of getting a UTI.

Constipation: Given how closely connected the bladder is to the bowel movement constipation can contribute to UTIs.

Sexual activity: It’s often common for females’ first experiences with urinary tract infections to occur around the time they start having sex.

Dietary behaviors & medical conditions: Diseases like diabetes may weaken one’s immune bringing about an environment favorable for bacterial growth.

Prevention and Treatment

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UTIs are preventable; this especially goes for those who suffer from recurrent infections. Here are some tips:

Keep Hydrated: Take plenty of water plus ensure that you frequently pass out urine
Check on Constipation: Good bowel health helps in reducing chances of getting a UTI.

Think Supplements: Quality cranberry supplements can assist in keeping bacteria from attaching themselves to the walls of bladders, but store-bought cranberry juice doesn’t work. Instead, it is often filled with sugar and acids.

Consult a Urologist: If you are getting more than two UTIs a year, it is time to go see a urologist. They can identify any underlying causes and advise on the best treatment, which may include taking low-dose antibiotics or other preventive measures.

When to See a Doctor

For people suffering from recurrent UTIs, a fever with a UTI, or severe symptoms, seek advice from urologists who will perform tests to exclude serious conditions such as kidney infections, in men prostate infections, and even cancer of the bladder.

Key Takeaways

UTIs don’t mean you’re dirty: They can happen to anyone due to various factors.
They are preventable: Through proper hydration and bowel management possibly accompanied by supplements.

Not all UTIs are bladder infections: There exist instances of renal infections while others affect other parts of the urinary tract hence demanding different treatments.

Remember that expert help is needed if you or someone close to you has recurrent UTI. A urologist would do a comprehensive evaluation and prescribe appropriate treatment plans afterward.

For more insights on urology and health, reach out to us!

Disclaimer: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not substitute professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your healthcare provider for any medical conditions.

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