Urinary tract infection can affect different parts of the urinary tract, including the urethra (urethritis), bladder (cystitis), or kidneys (pyelonephritis).
UTI is very common, especially in babies, women, and older people. Actually, women have 10 times increased chances than men to get a UTI.
According to statistics, 20 percent of women will have a urinary tract infection at some point during their life.
Also, 5 percent of men will get this type of infection in their lifetime. UTIs are rare in adult males younger than 50 years, however, they increase in incidence thereafter.
Women tend to get urinary tract infections more frequently than men due to the fact that the urethra in women is located closer to the rectum, plus, it is shorter.
UTIs don’t always cause symptoms, however, when they do they may include:
- pelvic pain, in women — particularly around the area of the pubic bone and in the center of the pelvis;
- a strong, persistent urge to urinate;
- strong-smelling urine;
- a burning sensation when urinating;
- urine which appears red or cola-colored (a sign of blood in the urine);
- urine which appears cloudy;
- passing frequent, small amounts of urine.
Bacteria are the most common cause of urinary tract infections. The most frequent organism which causes a urinary tract infection is Escherichia coli bacteria. This bacterium is generally found in the lower colon, however, it can occasionally find its way into the urinary tract.
In addition, fungi can also cause a urinary tract infection.
Several factors can contribute to the risk of urinary tract infection and they include:
- sexual intercourse – it is a common cause of urinary tract infection in women since sex introduces bacteria into a woman’s urinary tract;
- use of contraceptive spermicide;
- low levels of estrogen;
- immune suppression;
- wiping from back to the front following a bowel movement (in women and girls) can introduce bacteria into the urethra;
- people with diabetes – high glucose levels can make you more vulnerable to infection.
Note – UTIs in men are often related to an enlarged prostate blocking the flow of urine, which allows harmful bacteria to have an easier time occupying the urinary tract.
Drugs typically recommended for urinary tract infections include:
- Levofloxacin (Levaquin);
- Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim);
- Cephalexin (Keflex);
- Fosfomycin (Monurol);
- Ceftriaxone (Rocephin);
- Nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin);
- Ciprofloxacin (Cipro).
The bladder is the hollow organ in the lower abdomen which stores urine. Numerous conditions can affect the bladder. Most common ones are:
- interstitial cystitis – a chronic problem which causes bladder pain and frequent urination;
- bladder cancer;
- overactive bladder – a condition in which the bladder squeezes urine out at the wrong time;
- urinary incontinence – loss of bladder control;
- cystitis – inflammation of the bladder, usually from an infection.
Note – bladder pain from urinary tract infections can happen at any age. In young women, it is a frequent symptom of UTIs, along with painful and frequent urination.
Symptoms of Bladder Infection
Common symptoms include:
- pain when urinating;
- cloudy or foul-smelling urine;
- crying while urinating;
- pain in the lower belly area;
- strong urges to urinate, however, you only pass a small amount of urine;
- urinating more frequently than usual.
Spiritual Meaning of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A person who is affected by UTIs hardly assimilates external events; her anger and the fact that others are not aware of her sadness cause a “burning” sensation.
The body indicates that it is time to take responsibility for your life, that no one has the mission to make you happy, and by accepting others without expectations, you will live many beautiful moments.
Spiritual Meaning of Bladder Issues
Bladder problems reveal certain fears regarding your ancestors which you can not overcome. Cystitis or other inflammations of the bladder indicate this, adding that there is anger or rebellion in your attitude.
Boys who are afraid of their parents, and especially of their father, or other father figures in their life (grandparents, teachers) sometimes express this fear through enuritis (peeing in bed). Girls tend to express this fear through repetitive cystitis.
Home Remedies for UTIs
#1 Drink Plenty of Water
Although urinating can be painful when you have a urinary tract infection, it is essential to drink as many fluids as possible, especially water.
Tight clothing can encourage moisture to develop. Loose fitting clothing can prevent moisture from making the infection worse.
Cranberries contain an ingredient that stops the pathogenic bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract.
#4 Pee When You Feel The Urge
If you hold it in, you substantially increase the chance that bacteria will develop and multiply and cause a UTI.
#5 Avoid Bladder Irritants
Limit the intake of bladder irritants, like – carbonated beverages, caffeinated drinks (coffee or energy drinks), and alcoholic beverages when you suffer from a urinary tract infection.