What are Common Ways to Treat UTIs?

January 15, 2016

Some women fight a urinary tract infection only once in a lifetime; others suffer through them repeatedly. Most women will get a UTI at some point in their lives. While there are many suggestions on what to do when faced with a UTI, professional treatment is ultimately always required.

Start With UTI Prevention

The first step in addressing a UTI is prevention. A UTI is caused when undesirable bacteria is introduced into the urinary tract. Sexual contact or improper hygiene may inadvertently present bacteria to the urinary system. Showering or bathing immediately before and after sex can help eliminate the bacteria and prevent it from infecting the renal system. Furthermore, proper wiping can also keep bacteria from entering the urinary tract.

Cranberry Juice Is Not a Proven Solution to Treating UTIs

For UTI prevention or elimination, many women drink cranberry juice or take cranberry supplements. While cranberries have properties that help with bacteria in the bladder wall, many cranberry beverages have very little actual cranberry and are in fact loaded with sugars or sweeteners that may worsen the infection. In addition, supplements can be slow acting and unpredictable. Cranberry juice won’t hurt, but it isn’t a foolproof solution.

Drink Water to Maintain a Healthy Urinary System

Consuming plenty of water is necessary for women to maintain a healthy urinary system. When a woman is fighting a UTI, lots of water can help reduce symptoms of burning, irritation and discomfort, but the water itself is not enough to knock out the infection. You’ll want to contact a health professional to address your UTI and help prevent it from lingering or spreading to other parts of the renal system.

Visit OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch

Every woman should respect a UTI as a serious medical condition that not only causes immediate discomfort but, left untreated, may also cause permanent damage to vital organs. Our team of caring medical professionals at the OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch can identify the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections, and will recommend the proper treatment for fighting it. A follow-up exam may be recommended to ensure the infection has been eradicated and suggest practices and habits that could prevent future UTIs. For any of your health needs, visit OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch.