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    Tips for Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

    Dr Kamla Kaushal

    MBBS, MD(OB-GYN), DNB, MNAMS

    • The most important tip to prevent urinary tract infections, is to practice good personal hygiene. Always wipe from front to back after a bowel movement or urination, and wash the skin around and between the rectum and vagina daily. Washing before and after sexual intercourse also may decrease a woman’s risk of UTI.
    • Drinking plenty of fluids each day will help flush bacterium out of the urinary system. Drink atleast 10-12 glasses of iquids per day.
    • Emptying the bladder as soon as the urge to urinate occurs also may help decrease the risk of bladder infection or UTI.
    • Urinating before and after sex can flush out any bacteria that may enter the urethra during sexual intercourse.
    • Vitamin C makes the urine acidic and helps to reduce the number of potentially harmful bacteria in the urinary tract system. Though it may aggrevate the symptoms during acute attack
    • Wear only panties with a cotton crotch, which allows moisture to escape. Other materials can trap moisture and create a potential breeding ground for bacteria.
    • Cranberry juice is often said to reduce frequency of bladder infections, though it should not be considered an actual treatment. Cranberry supplements are available over-the-counter and many women find they work when an UTI has occurred; however, a physician’s diagnosis is still necessary even if cranberry juice or related herbals reduce pain or symptoms.
    • If you experience frequent urinary tract infections changing sexual positions that cause less friction on the urethra may help. Some physicians prescribe an antibiotic to be taken immediately following sex for women who tend to have frequent UTIs.

    Things to Remember…

    Although urinary tract infections are common and distinctly painful, they usually are easy to treat once properly diagnosed and only last a few days. When treated promptly and properly, UTIs are rarely serious.

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