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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an encroachment by the bacteria of the urinary tract which includes kidney, ureters, bladder or urethra.
This bacterium enters the opening of the urethra and procreates in the urinary tract causing urinary tract infection.
This can be very painful and a major cause of distress in your life. If it is not contained in the earlier stages it is likely to spread to your kidneys, which can become a serious health issue. The infection of the bladder can develop into cystitis- a very common problem faced by women.
Urinary Tract Infection can infect anyone but women are more susceptible to this disease. Children too suffer from this disorder but the headcount is very low in comparison to adults.
Signs & Symptoms
Need to go – all time
A very common symptom which UTI patients face through this condition- is the constant urge to urinate.
Burning sensation and traces of blood
Urination is painful as well as leaves a burning sensation. Sometimes the sign is so relevant in the form of blood which is seen in your urine.
Fever, vomiting along with other pains
You may suffer from fever if you have infection in you kidneys. Bouts of vomiting and nausea are also possible if you are affected by the kidney infection. Backache and pain below your ribs are some of the other symptoms.
Types of Urinary Tract Infection
The urinary system is made up of two ureters, two kidneys, the urethra and the bladder. The kidneys and urinary tract perform various duties. The kidneys sort through waste products and eliminate them from the bloodstream creating urine. The urinary tract as well as the kidneys, get rid of all the waste our body stores but they also preserve the body’s balance of water.
They make sure that our tissues receive enough water in order for them to function correctly and be healthy.
Without these two organs, all the bad toxins in our body would get the better of us and increase in the blood and bring us to unsafe levels. Like the rest of the organs in our body, the urinary tract can obtain diseases and other complications. The more often problem that occurs is the urinary tract infection, also known as UTI. It is an infection located in the urinary and is mainly caused by bacteria.
The infection can take place anywhere along the urinary tract, in the urethra, the ureters, the bladder or the kidneys. Most of the urinary tract infections occur in the lower urinary tract, the bladder and in the urethra.
Both men and women can suffer from urinary tract infection. Infection tends to occur more frequently to females than males, this is because females have a shorter urethra, which is found close to the anus.
What Causes Urinary Tract Infection?
Infection symptoms normally are stinging pain or burning sensation while urinating, urinary incontinence, blood in urine and strong or bad smell in urine. Urine incontinence usually occurs only at night time.
This is the incapability to control your bladder. Urine incontinence is when you cannot control the flow of urine from your body.
In this case, the kidneys are exhaustedly overworked.
Kidney diseases are common and a serious problem to anyone, of any age and any sex. Any sickness or disorder that affects the kidneys is classified as kidney diseases.
Kidney diseases can be from many different things. It could be as infection based on bacteria, an serious injury, shock, recent heart failure, poisoning, alcohol abuse or drug overdose.
When there is a breakdown of the kidneys, it can end up being kidney failure.
Bacteria in the urethra
It is mainly caused when the bacteria from the digestive tract holds on to the opening of the urethra, this poses a problem.
Through sexual intercourse
Sexual intercourse is another reason for urinary tract infection. During a sexual intercourse the bacteria present in the vaginal tract is pushed inside the urethra by the movement of the penis.
Having different sexual partner
Having different sexual partners can be another reason for urinary tract infection. Waiting too long to urinate may cause this infection.
Holding back the urge to urinate
Prolonging urination causes stretches the bladder. This stretching weakens the bladder - disallowing it to completely empty itself. The urine which remains in the bladder increases your chances of the infection.
Urinary Tract Infection in Children
Parents can observe the urinating frequency of the children. The child feels terrible pain while peeing. He/she is able to pass only small quantity at a time. He/she also gets up several times during the night to go to the bathroom.
There is a strange sensation in the lower part of the belly. Blood can also pass along with the urine. Also the urine isn’t a clear solution and is cloudy. The urine smells badly after passing.
These are all the symptoms of bladder infection. The child can also feel feverish along with chills. Pain can be experienced in the back or the belly. When the pain is right below the ribs, it is a clear sign of kidney infection. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, the child should be taken to the doctor.
The doctor will take urine sample for testing. The urine is taken in a plastic cup, into which the child pees. Before passing, the child must wipe the area with special wipes, so that the germs from the body do not confuse with the germs in the urine.
A stick is dipped in the urine sample. The stick is special, that is it is a specially treated paper which changes color upon determination of an infection. Otherwise, the urine sample can also be sent to the laboratory. Incase of a bladder infection, the doctor will prescribe medicine that kills the bacteria.
The child will begin to feel good just few days after starting to consume the medicine. But he/she must stay away from food and liquid which has caffeine in it as it can elevate the bladder irritation and the patient will feel very uncomfortable.
After the child recovers from a urinary tract infection, he/she should try best to avoid such incidents in the future. The most important thing is to maintain cleanliness. The private parts should be washed everyday. It is best to take a shower or a bath daily.
The child can use wipes to clean every time after passing urine. Children should never hold the urine. When they feel the urge, they should rush to the bathroom immediately.
Fluids intake must be increased. Best fluids are water and cranberry juice. Water washes the bacteria out of the body and cranberry juice prevents another bacterial attack.
Bubble baths aren’t good as it can irritate the urethra. Cotton underwear will absorb the sweat and body moisture, which will prevent bacterial growth. Underpants must be changed everyday.
When to seek Medical Advice:
If left unattended you kidneys will stop functioning and may eventually deteriorate.
Kidney stones can also be formed from urinary tract. Kidney stones are when the passages get blocked and urine cannot freely flow through and be disposed of.
In my opinion, the best way to address vaginitis is to support the immune system and change the environment of the vagina and urethra to be "unfriendly" to bacteria and yeast which cause itching, redness, and discharge.
D-mannose (the compound in cranberry juice which causes e-coli to not adhere to the urethral or vaginal wall) may be helpful. Herbal teas including bear berry, Rose of Sharon, cleavers, pipsissewa and calendula may be helpful. A well-chosen acute homeopathic remedy such as cantharis (if there is burning pain) may also help alleviate symptoms.
Chronic infections may be due to a weakened immune system. Home therapies such as hydrotherapy, probiotics, supplements, dry skin brushing, etc. which aid elimination, support good immune function and change the "terrain" may be good options.
Herbal Remedies For Yeast Infections
ALOE VERA, juice assists body in killing yeast cells.
CINNAMON, oil is used for thrush.
ECHINACEA, tinctures or capsules are used to kill candida cells.
GOLDENSEAL , antifungal.
LAVENDER, added to bath for skin infections.
OLIVE LEAF, antimicrobial.
OREGON GRAPE ROOT , antifungal.
OREGANO OIL, antifungal.
PAU D' ARCO, used to trengthen immune system.
PEPPERMINT OIL, antifungal.
1 part ECHINACEA root powder
1 part MYRRH gum powder
1 part PAU D' ARCO powder
2 parts GOLDENSEAL powder
1 part SLIPPERY ELM BARK powder
1 part BLACK WALNT hull powder
Mix the powders together thoroughly and put into size "00" capsules.
ANTI - YEAST TEA
Each day drink three cups of the following tea between meals or a half hour before eating.
2 parts SAGE 2 parts MULLEIN 2 parts RASPBERRY LEAF 1/4 part GOLDENSEAL Use four to six tablespoons of herb mixture per quart of water. Add herbs to cold water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Keep pot covered. Remove from heat immediately and let steep twenty minutes. Strain. This tea will be quite bitter, so you may wish to mix it with cranberry juice.
DOUCHE FOR YEAST INFECTIONS
you may douche every few days (or if the infection is severe, each day) with the following formula:
1/2 ounce Anti - Yeast Tea
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon acidophilus culture or 1/4 cup yogurt
Tiny drop of TEA TREE OIL
Steep the herb formula in one quart of water for one hour. Strain. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. When the mixture has sufficiently cooled (it should be warm, but not hot) place in a douche bag, and very gently, using a slow flow, douche with the mixture.
Aconitum apellus: This remedy is often useful when a person feels anxious both before and during urination, with hot, scanty urine, and a burning or spasmodic feeling in the outlet of the bladder. It can also be helpful if retention of urine occurs after a person has been very cold and chilled, or after a shaking experience.
Belladonna: This remedy may be beneficial if urging to urinate is frequent and intense, and the bladder feels very sensitive. A cramping or writhing sensation may be felt in the bladder area. Small amounts of highly-colored urine pass. (This remedy is sometimes helpful if a person passes small amounts of blood and no serious cause can be found on medical examination.)
Cantharis: Strong urging to urinate—with cutting pains that are felt before the urine passes, as well as during and after—may indicate a need for this remedy. Only several drops pass at a time, with a scalding sensation. The person may feel as if the bladder has not been emptied, still feeling a constant urge to urinate.
Self Care strategies for Living with Urinary Tract Infection
Treating Urinary Tract Function by use of Baking Soda
A mixture of 1/2 tsp baking soda in eight ounce glass of water can be very helpful on the first signs of urinary tract infection. The presence of baking soda in your system raises the acid-base balance of the acidic urine.
Treating Urinary Tract Infection by drinking water or fluids
It is very important for your system to have a good flow of urine. This can be done by consuming plenty of water. It cleanses your body by diluting and flushing out the unwanted substance.
Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice disallows bacteria to cling to the cell, which line the urinary tract. It is a great remedy to fight this infection. If you cannot have the cranberry juice directly you can mix it with apple juice to add some taste.
Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Aromatherapy
You can make an essential oil by using equal parts of sandalwood, bergamot, tea tree, frankincense and juniper. Mix all these ingredients to make an oil to be rubbed over your bladder area. Continue this massaging technique for three to four days once the symptoms subside.
Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Echinacea
You can consume at least two capsules three times a day of Echinacea and Oregon grape root or goldenseal to fight the infection.
Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Tincture
In acute cases try having 1/2 tsp of tincture every hour. Severe infection needs severe measures. Blend equal parts of pipsissewa, buchu, echinacea, and uva ursi tinctures. Have 20 drops of this blended mixture every two hours for first two days and later 1 tsp four times a day, till you have completely recovered. Have a soothing tea such as marshmallow root to counter the strong antiseptic effect of urva ursi.
You can place a heating pad on the lower abdominal area to provide some relief to your pain.
Working on the bladder or kidney points can provide you some relief from this infection.
Wearing loose-fitting and cotton clothes helps a great deal. Wearing tight undergarments and tight fitting clothes creates more room for infection.
Diet change strategies:
Increase the intake of vitamins C
Vitamin C prevents the bacterial growth due to the acidic environment created in the bladder and the urinary tract. It is very important to have a healthy diet which is rich in minerals and other supplements for your daily quota. You can maintain the alkaline content in urine by a rich diet of milk, fruits, and fresh vegetables.
Fresh berry juice
Women consuming fresh berry juice as part of the daily diet, turns out to be very useful in the long run.
Avoid irritant foods
A diet which consists of processed food like cheese, chocolate, dairy products should be avoided. You should also avoid spicy food, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes which otherwise is also harmful. Avoid carbonated drinks like beer, soda or any other drink with fizz.
Stay away from artificial sweetener
Aspartame is one of a kind of artificial sweetener. You will find many artificial sweeteners in the market which should be avoided. It is mainly consumed by diabetic patients and is used in many beverages and other foods.
Vitamin & Nutrient Associations
Aloe Vera Juice is a refreshing and anti-bacterial drink, you might find that taking this daily, diluted in some filtered water will not only refresh you like ‘a shower inside you’ but also assists in dealing with any digestive issues you may also be experiencing.
It may be due to difficulties with your digestive system that is causing your body to be starved of key nutrients, vitamins or minerals.
In this case you may find useful answers by reviewing our article on Nutrition For Your Cells.
Further reading through our articles on health issues will give you a body of information that will help you decide what options you have to deal with the underlying causes of your Urinary Tract Infection problem through giving your body the nutrition products that will assist you body to heal from the inside out.
It may be that your metabolism has slowed due to pressures that have been placed on your system through life in general or through specific “challenges” you have faced in the last few months or last few years.
Review this by looking at our article about balancing your Metabolic Rate.
We wish you well in your search for solutions to this problem and your movement towards better health in all areas.
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Vaginitis is the most common gynecologic problem seen in primary care and gynecology settings. A vaginal yeast infection, also called vulvovaginal candidiasis, is one of three types of vaginitis. The other types are bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.
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