Male Bladder Conditions
Urinary Tract Infection Treatment
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are responsible for more than seven million visits to physicians’ offices per year and about 5 percent of all visits to primary care physicians. Approximately 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men will experience at least one symptomatic UTI during their lifetime.
How to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection
Drinking a minimum of eight cups of water helps you flush out your urinary tract. Be sure to drink plenty of water daily to avoid an increased risk of developing a UTI.
Choose a Shower Over a Bath
Taking a bath every once in awhile can be relaxing. However, taking a shower prevents bacteria from entering the urethra, which can cause a UTI.
Avoid Scented Hygiene Products
Scented feminine hygiene products can irritate the urethra. Instead of choosing a scented tampon or feminine hygiene spray, opt for an unscented product to decrease the risk of irritation.
Don’t Hold It In
When you need to urinate, do it. Women who hold in urine are more likely to develop a UTI because bacteria is more likely to develop the longer you hold it in.
Take Vitamin C Supplements
Vitamin C can help neutralize the bacteria in urine, which may reduce the chance of getting a UTI. In addition to Vitamin C supplements, drinking cranberry juice is also helpful in both lowering the chance of getting a UTI and speeding up recovery from a UTI.
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