Are You Burdened with Bladder Infections?

Are You Burdened with Bladder Infections?

Bladder infections, or urinary tract infections (UTI's) are a frequent complaint of both men and women. People often have recurring infections that are very annoying and painful.

The symptoms of a UTI are usually easy to notice and basically the same in both sexes. Symptoms include burning pain on urination, the need to urinate small amounts often or the urge to urinate with no results. Sometimes you will notice bright red blood or a change to a darker color of the urine. A foul smell may be present. Use of feminine hygiene sprays can produce urethral irritation and may cause similar symptoms. Stop using these products if symptoms appear. About one third of the people with UTI's have no overt symptoms at all.

Most UTI's are caused by a normal flora bacteria found in our intestine, E. coli. In the intestine, E. coli is an important and beneficial bacteria. In the urine it becomes a very harmful bacteria. Proper personal hygiene must be used to avoid fecal contamination after use of the toilet. UTI's can also occur in both men and women from chemical irritation of spermicidal preparations. Urinary infections can also follow antibiotic use elsewhere in the body.

Contaminants such as bacteria sometimes travel up the urethra to the bladder. Once in the bladder, bacteria can multiply in the warm environment of the body. Occasionally UTI's spread deeper into the body from the bladder to your kidneys (where urine is made). Kidney infections can then spread to the abdomen and your other organs. It should be noted that urinary infections can also come from abdomen to the kidneys and then into the bladder. Women experience more UTI's .because of a shorter urethra. Pregnant women are very susceptible to infections and should always contact their physicians immediately if symptoms appear. Men, as they mature into and beyond their 40's, can sometimes experience UTI's when mechanical obstruction occurs due to enlargement of the prostate gland or acute or chronic prostate gland inflammation.

If you go to a physician, she/he will do a test to determine the contaminant source. The most accurate test is a urine culture for bacteria. The bacteria cultures continue to grow into colonies in special dishes in the laboratory. This allows the lab staff to identify the bacteria and determine its's sensitivity to certain drugs.

Preventing and controlling urinary infections is very important to your health. Remember that frequent and chronic infections of any kind in the body are often a sign of a depressed immune system. A healthy diet and adequate rest are increasingly important during an infection of any kind.

As a Naturopathic Physician, I ask patients to use careful personal hygiene, drink-plenty of fluids, urinate frequently, and avoid chemical irritants. At home, I suggest that they drink 100% cranberry juice without sugar and increase their Vitamin C intake. In the office, immediate relief of symptoms is a top priority. I use very effective natural medicines and homeopathic remedies to relieve symptoms and then treat the infections. I search for the root cause of the infections. My goal is to increase the overall wellness of the patient so that they are more resistant to future viral and bacterial infections.

The Holistic Health Network.

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By Melanie Whittaker

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