Urinary infections are a frequent occurrence in women, due to the proximity of the vagina, the anus and the urethra. In 85% of cases, the infection is caused by E.coli bacteria, which one generally finds in the intestines. These bacteria migrate toward the bladder and provoke the inflammation of the tissues. If untreated, a urinary infection can spreads to the kidneys and cause infection that can result in extreme cases as kidney failure. With men, because the transfer of bacteria is less common, infections generally signals the possibility of an inflamed prostate.
Symptoms of urinary infections include persistent urge to urinate, burning sensation during urination, frequent passing of small amount urine, cloudy and smelling urine. These discomforts may occur suddenly or gradually and may be accompanied by more or less painful cramps, fever, lower back pain and blood in the urine.
Factors which contribute to frequent UTI is a weak immune system and flora. Oral contraceptives, antibiotics, stress and a deficient diet cause the destruction of both these factors. In cases of recurring infection, this may indicate a case of interstitial cystitis.
Avoid contact between the vagina and the anus during urination or bowel movements. Always be sure to keep the area of the vagina and anus dry and clean; remove the bathing suit after swimming, for example. Preferably, wear a white cotton undergarment. Avoid underwear made of synthetic material, as well as scented tampons or pads. Natural sanitary products are now available without chemicals. Most importantly, keep a healthy and strong gut flora. The intestinal flora is your first line of defense. By keeping it optimal, you reduce the risk of developing infections.