A urinary tract infection is often a result of oversight when it comes to genital cleaning, such as after using the restroom or after a sexual encounter. UTIs are the result of bacteria entering the urethra; nearly 1 in 2 women will experience a UTI within their lifetime.
There is nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to a UTI – it’s biology – but it doesn’t mean it isn’t unpleasant and unwelcome by those experiencing the symptoms, which include:
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Pressure (and slight pain) on your lower back
- A mix of fever and chills
A UTI can be confirmed through a very basic urine test. Afterwards, a set of antibiotics is all that is needed to clear any of the issues. However, there are different ways to go about treating a UTI pre-emptively, during, and afterward to reduce the stress and severity of the symptoms.
- Professional Care – To knock out the issues in a rapid fashion, as mentioned, it’s best that you see a professional on the matter. A UTI treatment doesn’t take much time and will have you recovering sooner rather than later (without the pain of “riding it out” like so many try). It’s best to seek professional help sooner rather than later as it can lead to additional problems such as a larger bladder infection or spreading to the kidneys.
- Stay Hydrated – It’s important that you try to flush your system without depleting too much of your electrolytes. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI then immediately switch to a mixture of water and cranberry juice as these will help with the flushing of your system. You may feel uncomfortable with the number of times you’ll need to use the restroom but do know that you’re aiding your body in flushing out toxins.
- Good Ol’ Ibuprofen – A UTI isn’t too pleasant but it’s not the worse pain you are likely to experience. The burning sensation comes and goes but the most difficult part is when you are trying to sleep or stay focused on a project. An accurate dose of ibuprofen will often do the trick so it’s not overbearing throughout the day; you may consider a different type of painkiller, such as acetaminophen, but it depends on your allergies so be aware if you choose this option.
- Avoid Sexual Stimulation – Sexual stimulation (solo or with a partner) will worsen the effects of a UTI, which is why it’s recommended to abstain until the symptoms are completely gone after the use of antibiotics. The healing process is often just a few days (up to a week) which isn’t too difficult to do; sacrifice for the few days versus extending the issues far longer than you’d want.
- Adjust Your Diet – Vitamin C, garlic, clove, and probiotics (such as yogurt) can expedite the healing process when you have a UTI. It’s best to stay away from spicy foods and alcohol while you’re dealing with the symptoms.
All in all, a UTI is simply a minor disruption from your routine that shouldn’t cause you too much stress. Yes, it will be uncomfortable but it doesn’t last long. You can speed the process of recovery by seeing professionals or acting upon the suggestions in this post. Soon it will be gone and you’ll be back to your everyday self.