Urinary tract infections or more specifically urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a group of infectious diseases caused by microorganisms that can affect any region of the urinary tract or system. Urinary tract infections are mainly:
– cystitis (bladder),
– orchitis (testis) and prostatitis (prostate)
– upper urinary tract such as pielonephritis (kidneys).
- 1 Women more affected than men by urinary tract infections
- 2 Main symptoms of a urinary tract infection
- 3 Natural treatments for urinary tract infections
- 4 herbal remedies
- 5 Some simple tips to fight against urinary tract infections
- 6 In the prevention of urinary tract infections
Women more affected than men by urinary tract infections
In most cases, urinary tract infections affect the bladder (cystitis) and the urethra (urethritis). Other infections are rarer. Women especially suffer from such infections. Due to their shorter urinary tracts, germs can enter and spread more easily. In adulthood, it is estimated that there are 10 to 20 times more urinary tract infections in women than in men. It is estimated that 40% to 60% of women will suffer from cystitis or urinary tract infection at least once in their life. Bacterial urinary tract infections, particularly during cystitis, can be caused by bacteria from the Enterobacteriaceae family, such as Escherichia coli (E.coli) with the greatest prevalence of infection. E.coli is a bacterium that lives in the large intestine and can spread (particularly in women for anatomical reasons) down to the anus and then back up the urinary tract by multiplying and causing a urinary tract infection ( cystitis, etc.).
Main symptoms of a urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infections may or may not present marked symptoms, here are some typical symptoms:
– Immediate need to urinate.
– Frequent need to urinate.
– Burning sensation in the urinary tract, especially the bladder.
– Pain or burning sensation when urinating (before, during or after urination).
– Reduced urinary stream (especially during urinary tract infections in men such as prostatitis).
– Back pain.
– Tenderness of the pubic bone.
– Blood in the urine (or pink urine).
– Cloudy urine.
– Strong smell of urine.
– Rectal pain in men.
Natural treatments for urinary tract infections
Mannose is a natural remedy for recurrent cystitis. Mannose (mannose or D-mannose) is an interesting alternative to antibiotics for the treatment of recurrent cystitis. Because it binds to the FimH protein of E.Coli bacteria. Mannose is a simple sugar, it can be bought in pharmacies, for example in the form of D-mannose. The dosage for the prevention of cystitis is 2 gr per day, simply dissolved in a glass of water. A course of D-mannose for 6 months is recommended for prolonged prevention. Mannose acts as a natural antagonist of the FimH protein. A Croatian study from 2014 carried out on more than 300 women showed that mannose was as effective as antibiotics in preventing recurrent urinary tract infections. Mannose leads to fewer side effects than antibiotics, one side effect sometimes seen with this sugar is diarrhea.
Plants used in the prevention of cystitis
– Lingonberries, used in the form of juice.
– The cranberry (cranberry), used in the form of juice or capsule. Be careful, however, according to an American study from the end of 2010, cranberries would not be more effective than any juice. This study showed that it is above all the fact of drinking a lot that helps to prevent and treat cystitis. Another 2005 study also cast doubt on the scientific efficacy of cranberries.
Some simple tips to fight against urinary tract infections
Here are some practical tips for supplementing drug therapy for urinary tract infections:
– Drink a lot: 1.5 to 2 liters of liquid per day, because as during a cold, drinking allows a dilution and an elimination of infectious germs. This effect is particularly useful in the urinary tract and bladder.
– Avoid drinking sodas or other carbonated drinks, favor water or herbal teas made from medicinal plants against cystitis –
– Avoid drinking drinks that irritate the bladder such as coffee or alcoholic beverages.
– Absolutely respect the duration of the treatment prescribed by your doctor, do not stop in the middle of the treatment. Because it can promote resistance to antibiotics.
In case of declared infection, you can apply a hot water bottle on the lower abdomen to relieve pain during a urinary tract infection.
In the prevention of urinary tract infections
– Drink a lot (at least 1 liter every day). To prevent recurrent cystitis.
Drinking a lot has been scientifically proven to be very effective in preventing recurrent cystitis.
– Fight against fatigue and stress, these two conditions can be responsible for the appearance of urinary tract infections by weakening the immune system. Take, for example, fortifiers or vitamins to strengthen this immune system.
– Increase your immune defenses by taking a sauna, for example, by eating healthy foods with fruits (rich in vitamins but avoid citrus fruits) or with probiotics (yogurts, lactobacilli).
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