The deal with getting a urinary tract infections (UTI)
Anyone who’s suffered through a urinary tract infection will tell you that they’ll do anything to never experience one again. A UTI occurs when bacteria gets into your urine, travels up the urethra, and then into your bladder. According to the Urology Care Foundation, 10 in 25 women and three in 25 men will develop at least one urinary infection in their lifetime. Proper hygiene, such as wiping front to back after bowel movements, peeing right after sex, washing foreskin regularly, and avoiding douches, are a few ways to prevent UTIs from occurring. Unfortunately, a woman’s anatomy makes her more prone to getting UTIs because her urethra is shorter, meaning bacteria has less of a distance to travel before getting to the bladder. In addition, because the opening of the urethra is in front of the vagina, bacteria near the vagina can get into the urethra from contact with the penis, fingers, or devices during sex. Read on to learn about the symptoms of a urinary infection so you can head to your physician for treatment as soon as you spot them. Here are natural home remedies for a UTI.
Urinating is accompanied by a sharp pain or burning sensation
An uncomfortable burning sensation upon urination is one of the symptoms of a urinary infection. This sharp pain, called dysuria, can be felt in the urethra or perineum, which is the area surrounding your genitals. “Oftentimes, the burning is from the acidic urine irritating the lining of the bladder and urethra,” said Lisa Hawes, MD, a urologist with Chesapeake Urology Associates and spokesperson for the Urology Care Foundation. “The bacteria damages the lining of the bladder and urethra and then the acidic urine acts like alcohol over a cut, causing the burn.”
You need to pee—AGAIN
If you find yourself going to the bathroom all day long, track just how often nature is calling for you. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, UTIs can cause urge incontinence, which is also known as hyperactive, irritable or overactive bladder. Going to the bathroom more than eight times in 24 hours, including a couple times overnight, could be one of the symptoms of a urinary infection. These are the health secrets your bladder wishes it could tell you.