A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria gets into your urine and travels up to your bladder. According to researchers, urinary tract infections are the third most common infection after respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. About 60% of women and 12% of men have at least one UTI during their lifetime.
- going to pee more than usual and the feeling of suddenly needing to pee
- feeling pain or burning when peeing
- when your urine smells and looks cloudy
- blood in your urine
- pain in your lower tummy
- feeling tired and unwell
- in older people, changes in behavior such as severe confusion or agitation
Causes and Risk Factors of UTI
In some situations, there are higher risks of getting UTIs. For instance, age (older adults tend to get more), kidney stones, a previous UTI, pregnancy, a weakened immune system, enlarged prostate, and diabetes can increase the risk of urinary tract infections.
How to Detect UTI with Vivoo?
Urine is a common health indicator for many diseases, especially for UTI.
Vivoo strips detect nitrites and leukocytes in urine and measure the possibility of a urinary tract infection. If nitrites and/or leukocytes is seen in the urine, this usually means that there’s a bacterial infection in the urinary tract.
In addition, if you have any risk of a UTI, the application of Vivoo gives you hygiene and nutritional advice for the infection.
Related: Vivoo UTI Box
Treatment of UTI
Treatment of urinary tract infections depends on the cause. There are two types of UTIs: simple and complicated. Simple UTIs can be treated with antibiotics for a short period of time. Complicated UTIs are when bacteria causing the infection cannot be treated by various antibiotics. While most women have simple UTIs, men and children tend to have complicated UTI’s.
In most cases, UTI is caused by bacteria but viruses or fungi can cause UTIs too.
Most UTIs happen once, if treated, they will not come back. But some patients have anatomical and genetic predispositions that tend to make getting UTIs more likely.
That’s why it is very important to treat UTIs earlier. Untreated ones start to spread more and when they spread more it gets harder to treat. If you think that you have a urinary tract infection, see your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will review your symptoms and test your urine.
Preventions of Urinary Tract Infection
There are some things you can do to try to prevent a UTIs;
- Drink plenty of water (approximately 2 liters per day) to keep well hydrated
- Don’t hold your urine for long a long time
- Cranberry juice or cranberry supplements may help prevent UTIs but do not treat UTI’s
- You can take probiotics like lactobacillus
- Take showers instead of bath
- Pee as soon as possible after sex
- Wear loose cotton underwear
- When peeing try to fully empty your bladder
- Wipe from front to back after you go to toilet
- Don’t hold your pee
- Do not wear tight, synthetic underwear, such as nylon