Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an infection caused in any part of the urinary system. Urinary Tract Infection can be in kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra. Mostly lower urinary tract bladder and urethra get infected.
Urinary Tract Infection In Women
There are high chances of getting urinary tract infection in women, that is because of the anatomy. Urine is passed through urethra from bladder to outside body located very close to the anus. Bacteria, such as E. Coli can easily escape from the anus and get into the urethra. From urethra, they can enter in the bladder. Bacteria can also infect kidney if not treated at the right time. Sexual intercourse can also introduce bacteria into the urinary tract.
Urinary Tract Infection Causes in Women
Urinary Tract Infection mainly develops in kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. This organ passes urine from the body. There are mainly two causes of Urinary infection, they are
- Infection Of Bladder ( Cystitis )- E. Coli causes this type of infection. A bacteria found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sexual intercourse can lead to cystitis, but you don’t have to be sexually active to develop this. Any women can get infected because of anatomy. The short distance from the urethra to the anus and urethral opening to the bladder.
- Infection of Urethra ( Urethritis ) – This type of urinary infection develops when GI bacteria spread from anus to urethra. Since female urethra is close to the vagina, sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea, mycoplasma, herpes can cause urethritis.
Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms in women
- A burning feeling while urinate
- Feeling tired
- Frequent urination even though little comes out
- Pain or pressure in your back
Urinary Tract Infection In Men
Urinary tract infection in men is rare. But there might be some causes which develop Urinary tract infection in Men:
- Previous Urinary infection
- Prostatic enlargement
- Urinary tract abnormalities – personally or within family
- Comorbid conditions
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Immunosuppressive treatments for other conditions
- Any previous surgeries or instrumentation involving urinary tract
Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms in Men
- Flank pain/costovertebral angle tenderness
- Abdominal tenderness in suprapubic area
- Prostatic tenderness
- Inguinal adenopathy
Urinary Infection Home remedies
- Parsley Water – Parsley water is helpful for relieving Urinary tract infection and also speed up the healing process. It acts as Diuretic which works by increasing sodium in kidneys. When kidneys excrete sodium, they take water along with it. This water helps in flushing out the bacteria and relieving discomfort.
Steps – Bring water to boil and add fresh parsley. Reduce heat so that it simmers for at least 6 10 mins. Strain leaves out and drinks this hot water.
- Cream of Tartar and Lemon – Cream of Tartar changes pH of urine, creating opposite environment for bacteria to grow and survive. Add a bit lime juice for vitamin C. This is a potent combination. It can dry Urinary infection right away.
Steps – stir cream of Tartar into 1 cup of warm water. Add little lime juice and drink 1 2 times a day. This remedy prevents urinary tract infection to spread and develop.
- Mix Coriander Powder in hot water and drink twice a day for better results.
- Clove Oil – It possesses anti inflammatory properties, so it can be used to relieve pain and promote healing.
- Garlic – freshly crushed garlic has a variety of antimicrobial activities. In its pure form, Allicin has been found to possess antibacterial activities against a wide range of bacteria including E. Coli.