Women and urinary infections
Many of us believe that the rate of urinary infections is higher in summer than in winter. This article is intended as a reminder of the importance of a regular intermittent catheterization. And if you already suffer from an infection, it will help you alleviate the symptoms. A urinary infection means that bacteria somehow found its way to the bladder through the urethra. Furthermore, this means that bacteria can also infect your kidneys.
However, a few simple measures can alleviate the symptoms of UTIs or completely prevent their recurrence:
- Drink ample amounts of liquid (2-4 liters) and rest.
- When you notice any sign of urinary problems, have Urosal lady at hand. Urosal lady alleviates urinary problems quickly and efficiently, especially in early phases of infections or in cases of infections with coli. Carefully selected herbal formula of Urosal lady is a great addition in prevention and treatment of UTIs.
- Drink unsweetened herbal teas and juices (cranberry). They act as mild medicinal and disinfectant agents on the mucous lining of the bladder. Studies have shown that cranberry juice inhibits the binding of bacteria to bladder tissue.
- Avoid coffee, alcohol and soft drinks.
- There is no evidence that antiseptics used for the urinary tract irrigation alleviate the symptoms. However, if you irrigate this area, be extra careful to avoid complications relating to the catheter.
- Wear comfortable cotton clothes and avoid unbreathable synthetic underwear.
Anatomical features of women make them more susceptible to developing UTIs than men. Due to a significantly shorter urethra, the female bladder is more prone to bacterial infections.
Moreover, postmenopausal lower levels of estrogen are an important factor of structural and functional changes on all anatomical levels of the vagina, the urethra and the bladder. A number of symptoms can be associated with this condition: vaginal dryness, burning sensations, dyspareunia, recurring UTIs, urgent need to pee, urgency urinary incontinence.
A healthy urine is sterile. No bacteria should be detectable. The moment bacteria find its way to the urinary tract, there is an infection. In most cases, bacteria enter the urinary tract through the external urethral sphincter and this is when the infection happens.
Antibiotics are the most common approach to treating UTIs. However, there are many reasons why you should avoid them:
- The overuse of antibiotics has greatly contributed to the development of the so-called super bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
- Antibiotics destroy both the good and the bad bacteria in your gut. They can also cause diarrhea and other digestive problems.
- They can be a source of unwanted side-effects and can cause dangerous allergic reactions.
- Antibiotics compromise immunity and weaken the body, especially in children.
- If you already feel the symptoms, alleviate them with the D-mannose or sodium bicarbonate.
D-mannose is a simple sugar molecule, naturally appearing in plants and herbs like cranberries, blueberries, peaches, oranges and apples. Cranberries are recommended for treating UTIs because of their D-mannose content. Furthermore, sodium bicarbonate can also be helpful. It acts as an alkalizing agent and as such it can alkalize both the body and the blood and urine. When the alkalized urine passes the urinary tract, this alkaline property creates not so favourable environment for bacteria growth. Thanks to this action it controls UTIs. You can buy medicinal sodium bicarbonate at pharmacies at a price of 15 HRK (2 Euros) per 100 grams. Drink 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate diluted in 1 deciliter of water in the morning, seven days in a row. You may repeat the procedure during the day.
Having said the above, you should not forget that you should use an appropriate catheter. This is the most important measure for preventing UTIs. Whenever possible, you should opt for the intermittent bladder catheters and not the indwelling ones. Choose single-use hydrophilic intermittent catheters. Choose LentisKat catheters to avoid UTIs and other potential complications that may arise as a result of catheterization.
You should also remember that UTIs are often onset without warning. On days when you have busy schedules and you know that you will be away for a significant amount of time, empty your bladder using the intermittent catheterization before leaving your home. This is especially important in winter when there is a greater chance of extreme weather conditions. Such situations can cause traffic jams and similar circumstances that might prevent you from using the toilet. Skipping catheterization can create a perfect environment for infections. This is why we sincerely advise you to do everything you can to prevent them.
Prof. Bruno Baršić, Sc.D., Vladimir Krajinović, MD, Zinka Matković, MD: The urinary tract infections related to urinary catheters.