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Preventing Urinary Tract Infections During Summer

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Hot summer months can increase the risk of urinary tract infections. This is the time of year when infections increase. The urinary system is also known as the Urinary tract involves the kidneys, ureter, urinary bladder, and urethra. Any infection in this tract is termed a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). It can be triggered by … Continue reading “Preventing Urinary Tract Infections During Summer”

Hot summer months can increase the risk of urinary tract infections. This is the time of year when infections increase. The urinary system is also known as the Urinary tract involves the kidneys, ureter, urinary bladder, and urethra. Any infection in this tract is termed a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). It can be triggered by bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Most infections commonly involve the lower urinary tract mainly in the bladder and the urethra. UTI occur in both men and women, but the incidence rate in women is higher when compared to men. Nearly half of the women population experience at least 1 episode of UTI in their lifetime, with 20-40% of them exhibiting recurrent episodes which is more in summer.

Symptoms of UTI
Symptoms of UTI

The most symptoms Include

    • Nausea and vomiting.
    • Fever
    • Burning sensation while urinating
    • Cloudy urine
    • Bloody urine
    • Foul-smelling urine
    • Pelvic region & abdomen pain
Risk of UTI in Hot summer
    • The condition which raises one’s risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is dehydration. It can cause low or insufficient fluids in one’s body to flush out the bladder.
    • Holding the urine for longer periods of time and lack of access to clean a bathroom also contribute to UTI’s.
    • The warm days of summer are perfect and favorable for germs and microorganisms to grow.
    • Poor hygiene in the genital area, as well as extreme sweating in the perineal region during summer, can facilitate bacterial transfer from the rectum to the urethra (especially in females).
    • Escherichia coli is the most common bacteria which is responsible for maximum infections.
    • The bacteria are found naturally in one’s gut but the problem occurs if they enter one’s urethra.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Preventions in UTI

Strictly follow the below point to prevent UTIs.

      • Take Plenty of Fluids &Remain hydrated.
      • Avoid holding urine for a longer time.
      • Maintain personal hygiene in your genital region.
      • Avoid or minimize using public toilets.
      • Have probiotics.
      • The woman should wipe from front to back after using the toilet to prevent bacteria from spreading from the anal to the vagina and urethra.
      • Change sanitary napkins from time to time for after menstruation.
      • Urinate before and after sex.

On early diagnosis, UTI’s can be easily treated with medication. Untreated UTI or stopping the medication early can lead to a more serious complications. Stay safe and hydrated and follow the physician’s advice if you have earlier episodes of UTI.

Dr.S.NIVEDITA.,

MBBS., MD(O&G).,

Consultant in Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Pranaya speciality Hospital, Theni-625531.

 

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