UTI: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Drink plenty of fluids, water is best, enough to pass clear dilute urine 4 to 6 times per day (about 8 glasses)
  • Cranberry juice and taking of vitamin C increase the acid in your urine and help inhibit bacteria from growing
  • Go to the bathroom when you have the urge; do not hang on too long
  • After using the toilet, always wipe from front to back
  • Cleanse your genital area daily but not too frequently or vigorously. Too much scrubbing and cleaning may slightly damage your genital skin. Bacteria thrive better on damaged skin
  • Avoid potential irritants such as perfumed bath oils and vaginal deodorants
  • Avoid sexual intercourse from behind
  • Lubricate adequately during sexual intercourse – it will decrease urethral irritation
  • Go to the bathroom before and as soon as possible after having sex 
  • Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes so air can keep the area dry
  • If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control

Watch Out

  • Blood or pus in your urine
  • Rash in the genital area

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you have
  • Back or side pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Any other symptoms of infection

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