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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) treatment

Description
Urinary tract infection also referred to as UTI, as the name suggests is infection of the urinary system, comprising of the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and the urethra. Infection of the bladder is commonly called cystitis; infection of the kidneys is called pyelonephritis; and infection of the urethra is called urethritis; however, all forms of UTI can be treated effectively with the help of antibi View more...
Causes
UTI is a bacterial infection, mostly caused by a strain of bacteria called Escherichia coli or E. coli. These bacteria enter into the bladder and start multiplying rapidly, resulting in UTI.they cause a UTI. In addition to E. coli, two other micro-organisms called Chlamydia and Mycoplasma can also cause UTI and this could be sexually transmitted and both partners would need to undergo treatment. H View more...
Prevention
Drinking large amount of liquids to flush out the bacteria and micro-organisms helps prevent infection from spreading and healing quickly.
Urinate frequently and never hold urine in the bladder for long.
Women need to wipe vaginal area to anus post urinating to restrict bacteria from spreading.
Consume plenty of water before and after sexual intercourse to help pass urine so that any bacteria View more...
Common Symptoms
Lower back or abdominal pain/discomfort;
Burning and/or pain associated with urinating;
Color of the urine could range from being cloudy to red due to presence of blood in urine;
Fatigue;
Fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting in case of kidney infection;
Frequent urge to urinate; however very little urine might be passed and a general sense of not having emptied the bladder fully will prevail. View more...
Rare Symptoms
Emotional distress especially in women with recurrent urinary tract infections;
Frequent urge incontinence, could result in experiencing leakage especially in women post menopause.
Renal damage is another rare symptom, where recurring UTIs could cause kidney scarring resulting in hypertension and kidney failure.
Renal calculi or kidney stones is another occurrence experienced by people with rec View more...
Traditional Treatment
Regular UTI is generally treated using the following medication:
Amoxicillin or Amoxil; Trimox; Wymox;
Ampicillin or Omnipen; Polycillin; Principen; Totacillin;
Nitrofurantoin or Macrodantin; Furadantin;
Quinolones: Ofloxacin or Floxin; Norfloxacin or Noroxin; Ciprofloxacin or Cipro; and Trovafloxin or Trovan.
Trimethoprim or Trimpex;
Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole or Bactrim; Cotrim; Septra. View more...
Alternative Treatment
Natural Remedies
1. Cranberry juice (Vaccinium macrocarpon) helps treat urinary tract infection effectively. It functions by making the urine more acidic killing all the bacteria and the presence of proanthocyanins in cranberry stop the bacteria from lodging themselves on the wall of the urinary tract.
2. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)
3. Birch (Betula spp.)
4. Blueberry
5. Buchu (Barosm View more...
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