Urinary Tract InfectionUrinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection which can affect the any part of your urinary tract. The infection is usually caused by bacteria E. coli, but in some cases, especially in women, it can be a consequence of intestinal bacteria or sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Urinary tract consists of the kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra. Infections are the most common in the bladder and urethra. The symptoms of urinary tract infection may include pain in the abdomen, frequent urge to pass urine, pain or burning while urinating and passing a small amount of urine in spite strong urge. Your urine can be cloudy or you can have blood in urine. The smell of urine can have strong odor in case of an infection. Women can also experience pain in the pelvis and men pain in the rectal area. In case the kidneys are affected, you may also have fever and chills. The other symptoms of kidney infection include nausea, vomiting and pain in the back.
Natural TreatmentAny urinary tract infection should be treated with antibiotics, but there are a lot of natural remedies which can speed the healing time and relieve the symptoms. The most common natural remedies are cranberry juice and uva ursi tea. Cranberry juice has antibacterial properties so it is recommended in large amounts while you are dealing with urinary tract infection. Uva ursi also has antibacterial properties but consult your doctor before taking uva ursi because it can have side effects. Blueberries and pineapple juice are also recommended. You should drink plenty of water and make sure you take enough amounts of vitamin C. Some herbs, such as Marshmallow root, corn silk, horsetail, goldenseal and buchu, are also good for fighting against urinary tract infection.
Risk FactorsWomen are more prone to urinary tract infections than men. Since the infection can be caused by STD, women who practice sex frequently are at greater risk of urinary tract infections. Reduced estrogen production in menopause is another factor which puts women at risk of infections. Risk factors which concern both men and women may include congenital defects of urinary tract, weak immune system or some other disorder which affected urinary tract. If you do not treat urinary tract infection in time you may be at risk of developing chronic infection which can lead to more serious problems with the kidneys.
PreventionYou should drink plenty of water every day. This will reduce the risk of urinary tract infection but it will have a positive impact on your overall health. Keep proper hygiene of your genital area to prevent the bacteria enter the urethra.