Signs You May Have U.T.I (Urinary Tract Infection)
Urinary Tract Infection is caused by bacteria that invades the urinary system. They invade your urinary system and multiply, resulting in an infection.
About 8-10 million people become infected each year. Moreover, women are more susceptible to UTI’s than men.
Most of the UTI’s are caused by Escherichia coli which is a normal flora within the digestive system.
Therefore, conditions that occur as a result of UTI’s include:-
- Irritable bladder
Abdominal pain, blood in urine, cloudy urine, low backache, dysuria, urgent and constant need to urinate, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, severe pain in the mid back.
Bladder, Urethra, Kidneys, Ureters.
i.) Babies born with abnormalities of urinary tract are susceptible.
ii.) Small girls have a shorter urethra than boys.
iii.) Soiled diapers in young children can cause infection if left for too long.
iv.) Uncircumcised boys are more susceptible than circumcised boys.
a.) Low intake of water causes less urination which flashes out the system.
b.) Diabetics have a high risk of U.T.I’s because of the changes in the neural system.
c.) Sexually active teenagers (due to the irritation of the meatus).
d.) Women who are sexually active because of the friction that occurs during sexual intercourse.
e.) Wiping from back to front.
Other Risk Factors
By using catheters, in essence, tubes are placed in the bladder. As when a patient is critically ill or urination is almost impossible.
Other infections e.g. those caused by Staphylococcus aureas, Staphylococcus faecalis, Pseudomonas, Enterobacter, Citrobacter and Klebsiella.
- Clinical diagnosis
- Take plenty of water.
- Wipe from front to backwards.
- Drinking water before and after sexual intercourse.
- Wear cotton underpant.
- Urinating after sexual intercourse e.t.c
- Recurrent cystitis.
- Pyelinephritis – Often common in pregnant women.
- In small babies, it can cause sepsis (systemic infection).
- P.I.D in women
- Kidney damage.