Urinary Tract Infections – Symptoms and Prevention

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most frequently occurring infections worldwide. They are present more often in women than in men, and are especially common in young females between ages 15-29. Females are more prone to UTI’s because their urethra (a duct by which urine exists from the bladder) is shorter than males’ urethra, as such it is easier for bacteria to move up to the urinary tract and to cause an infection. E. Coli bacteria is the most common cause of UTI, and it is present in a body’s bowel flora.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Signs and symptoms of UTIs include: pain with urination, pain in the lower part of the stomach, cloudy looking urine, blood in the urine, fishy smelling urine , fever, frequent urination, chills, and back pain. If you experience any of these signs and symptoms you should get medical attention, because the treatment for UTIs is antibiotics.

PREVENTION

Recurrence of UTIs is common, that is why prevention is highly important. Maintaining good personal hygiene is necessary after urination, and especially so after defecation. Women must remember to wipe themselves from front to back with a clean toilet paper or paper towel. Before sexual intercourse both partners should wash their genitalia and hands. Wash your hands with water and soap. Also, women should urinate after sexual intercourse in order to wash out any bacteria. High fluid intake helps in prevention of UTIs. Also you need to urinate more often and until complete bladder emptying.

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9 Comments

  1. Mussa Igembya 5 years ago September 8, 2016

    It’s very important topic for our health. I would like to know the proper treatment espencially for children.

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    • Pete Matthews 5 years ago September 8, 2016

      Dear Mussa! Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately the treatment is antibiotics, so you would have to see a doctor. That is why it is so important to learn about prevention and how to recognise the symptoms, especially with children.

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    • Diva 5 years ago September 15, 2016

      It’s really a problem. Some antibiotics for UTI are Amoxiclav capsules, Ciprofloxacin, Cotrimazole tabs and doxacylin and other IV fluid. I myself have used them. Am not sure if these can be used by kids, its better if you see the physicians before taking treatment

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  2. Maggie Ngwira 5 years ago September 9, 2016

    Thanks for the good lesson concerning the UTI’s. We beg another lesson about the difference cancer’s faces the women includes the Symptoms, Treatments and Preventions.

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    • rightforeducation 5 years ago September 15, 2016

      Hi Maggie! Thank you for your comment. It is good to hear that you have found the information useful. We have forwarded your request and will soon be publishing an article on the topic. Keep reading and sharing the knowledge with your friends and family!

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  3. Sam tytus 5 years ago September 11, 2016

    Yes it is a very important topic to help a large number of people! Because most of them they don’t know about UTI And how to overcome this disease.

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  4. Omar 5 years ago September 14, 2016

    Good topic! UTI is a big problem: Why is it not discussed more widely?

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    • rightforeducation 5 years ago September 15, 2016

      Hi Omar! Thank you for your note, we are happy to hear that our material has been informative to you! We agree, that is why we encourage you to share the article via your social media. Sharing your knowledge with friends and family will help others prevent UTIs, too.

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  5. Rilwan Holma 5 years ago November 3, 2016

    I enjoy your effort, I am a medical and community health officer, and I studied medical biochemistry. I really enjoyed your lecture!

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