Originally published on ChartAttack.com
Urinary tract infections are more than merely painful. If the infection isn't dealt with, it can spread to the kidneys and harm other parts of your body too. While it’s best to contact your doctor immediately if you think you’re experiencing symptoms of a UTI, Dr. Bikash Chowdhury, a Canadian physician dedicated to improving the overall health and wellbeing of his patients, provides a detailed overview of the most common causes. Knowing these common causes of UTIs can help you be proactive, and even help to avoid getting them in the first place.
Probably the most common cause of urinary tract infections is dehydration. It's also one of the most easily preventable. Make sure you drink between 8 and 10 glasses of liquid every day, mostly water, and you'll find that you rarely get a urinary tract infection.
Improper Bathroom Hygiene
The way you clean up after you use the toilet can either cause or help to prevent, urinary tract infections. As most of you have learned, the correct way to clean this sensitive area is from front to back. If you do the opposite, you will drag the bacteria from the rectum to the urethra, potentially causing an infection.
Engaging in sexual activity can also trigger such infections. While having sex, pressure is exerted on the urinary system. This can transfer bacteria around the rectum to the urinary tract. Fortunately, our body can usually remove these pathogens on its own. Always pee after sex to flush out any potentially nasty bacteria, then wash up with plain water.
Urinary Tract Blockages
When there is a blockage of the urinary tract, bacteria can build up and quickly multiply. Blockages may be caused by several issues like kidney stones, enlarged prostate, even tumors, or cancer, so if you think you have a urinary tract blockage, please see a doctor right away.
People with diarrhea are more susceptible to getting urinary tract infections because continuous defecating can cause bacteria to spread to the urethra frequently. It is a good idea to get diarrhea treated before it gets the chance to infect your urinary system as well.
The constant use of spermicide dramatically increases the risk of getting a urinary tract infection. Think twice before you use it over and over. Long-term use can irritate the skin of your private areas, including the urethra, creating wounds where bacteria will thrive.
Besides spermicide, latex condoms can also inflict you with urinary tract infections. If you have an allergy to latex, the reaction will create skin irritation which may lead to acute infection. If you're allergic to latex condoms, there are non-latex options available that you can use instead.
Isn't it surprising how many things can cause urinary tract infections? If you do have this health problem, maybe one of the causes above is the culprit. Make any changes you need to and see if you feel better. A little prevention can go a long way toward keeping this nasty infection away.
About Dr. Bikash Chowdhury:
Dr. Bikash Chowdhury is a specialist in family medicine and a devoted husband and father of a son and a daughter. He knows that family comes first, so he treats his patients with respect, devotion, and compassion. Dr. Chowdhury is also devoted to helping other Bangladesh physicians transition to North America just like he did when he decided to move with his family to Canada.
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