Is It A Urinary Tract Infection?
Most of us have been there. In fact, 250 million people worldwide experience UTIs every year. Every. Year1. We’ve dealt with the symptoms, and when the culture comes back negative, we’ve heard the doctors’ analyses and reassurances.
“Don’t worry about it.” “It’s normal.” “It’ll go away on its own.”
Nobody wants to hear that the burning sensation in their urethra is normal and will go away on its own. First of all, they want you to give a damn. Second of all, my vagina is on fire, it’s not unreasonable to request treatment.
Bad News Bears
A new study showed that a standard culture for a suspected urinary tract infection may miss up to 67% of uropathogens 2. And most clinics don’t even do a culture! That means that your doctor’s office is more likely to miss the pathogens in your urine than detect them, which could lead to a misdiagnosis and/or ineffective treatment.
SEE ALSO: 6 UTI Symptoms You May Not Expect
Most Common Symptoms Of UTIs
If you have acute cystitis (bladder infection) or pyelonephritis (kidney infection)—forms of urinary tract infection—you will likely experience pain in your pelvic region, specifically in the center where your bladder is located.
UTI-causing bacteria irritate the bladder and urethra, causing you to do the potty dance more often than usual.
Pain When You Urinate
Bacterial infections can swell the lining of your urethra, causing painful itching and burning when you urinate.
Cloudy Or Bloody Urine
If your urine is pink, red, or cola-colored, here’s your sign you might have acute cystitis or even pyelonephritis. You may also notice pus in your urine. At this stage, it is very important to seek medical treatment to prevent your symptoms from worsening.
If your urine smells and you didn’t eat any asparagus or other foods that might make your pee smell, it’s likely you’re experiencing a urinary tract infection or other infection like vaginitis.
You Need To Pee But You Can’t
A common cause of UTI—especially in children—is voiding dysfunction, where the urinary tract is obstructed in some way (exacerbated by inflammation), making it difficult for you to fully empty your bladder every time you pee. When your body retains urine, bacterial infections are more likely to form and grow, making this a cyclical problem that is often both cause and effect.
If you are experiencing voiding dysfunction, you may need to speak with a urologist to get to the root of the problem before you can fully prevent recurring urinary tract infections.
Help Me Get Rid Of My Urinary Tract Infection
If your UTI has become an active infection, the most effective treatment is antibiotics. Talk to your doctor about your options, and be sure to get informed before going to your appointment. One thing that may help with your active UTI is taking d-mannose. Even if you already have a UTI, d-mannose can help clear it away along with your antibiotics.
The best option, of course, is to never get a UTI in the first place. How do you do that, you ask?
SEE ALSO: What Everyone With Recurring UTIs Needs To Know
Drink Lots Of Water
The more water you drink, the better you’ll feel—it’s scientifically proven. And the more water you drink, the more likely you’ll be to flush out infectious bacteria like E. coli. One recent study demonstrated that women prone to recurring urinary tract infections who increased their water intake by 1.5 liters daily significantly reduced their risk of contracting another UTI 3.
D-mannose is a natural sugar that occurs in berries and other fruit. It has been scientifically proven to attach to the bacteria E. coli and prevent it from adhering to the tissue surrounding your urethra and bladder. This allows your system to flush out the bacteria and prevent up to 85% of urinary tract infections.
Have You Tried Dmanna?
D-mannose is the primary ingredient in Dmanna, a daily supplement that dissolves in water or other liquids.
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