UTI: Urinary Tract Infections, when to seek help
Urinary tract infections are very common, especially in women. Most women will get one or two in their lifetime. It isn’t from being unhygienic or from menstruation. It is from bacteria getting into the urinary tract and causing problems. The male urinary tract is longer so there is more of a journey for the bacteria to get to the bladder than in women but men can get them too. Sorry folks, since the urethra is so close by the vaginal canal, you can catch them via sexual contact. Although technically they are not listed as a sexually transmitted disease, sex spreads bacteria from one friendly person to another.
So when should go seek help? Are you a doctor? No? Well then go seek help if you notice the symptoms.
Sometimes it clears up but do not depend on that. An UTI can lead to a kidney infection and that is making a bad matter worse when you could have just went and took a little pill one to four times a day and cleared it up in a small amount of time. Some patients report relief from symptoms in as little as 24 hours.
Here are the symptoms:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination ( what is frequent? More than what is usual for you.)
- Strong urine odor (um make sure you are drinking enough water too)
- Cloudy look to urine
- Bloody urine (hmmm when one is not experiencing menses)
Ok those are simple enough right? You can now self-diagnose! Wrong.
These symptoms can mean other things as well: Vaginitis, overactive bladder OAB, an allergy to product used in genital area, kidney stones, or rare case of bladder cancer or tumor. How can you tell the difference? A simple test done by your doctor is the key.
Cranberry juice: Ok, not officially a cure but it helps. This is especially the case for chronic sufferers. The sulfuric acid I cranberry juice attacks the cell walls of bacteria in the bladder and helps clear them out into the urine. 100% pure cranberry juice is the key, not the sugary, watered down, cocktails.
Herbs: There are also a variety of herbs like green tea, Oregon grape, horsetail , and goldenseal that are supposed to help. You still need to see a doctor but natural preventatives, as long as they do not clash with any prescription medication, are always nice to consider.
Medicine: A simple oral antibiotic from your doctor
What do you do for UTI’s? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com
Ok did I wear out the U word? If so, I am sorry. However if most women will get this 2 times in their lives, it is an important topic to cover. It is important that we keep informed about what is going on with our bodies. With the internet, we have a huge library of information. One has to be careful and get the information from reliable sources. The internet is not a bible, no one says it is all truth.
Currently, my sponsor, GlobalMusic4 Life Inc., is having a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly.com. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars. That is a huge goal. We are feeling quite big! However our job is big. The goal is to put give away 200,000 copies of Dr. Kiki Hurt, M.D. ‘s book Save Your Own Life: Mini Medical School. How the body works; When to seek medical attention. GlobalMusic4 Life is a 501c non profit so donations are tax deductible. Dawn M. Joseph co-authored the book and put in great pictures and tables with an easy to read layout. We are currently selling it on Amazon, itunes, and google play as well as the GlobalMusic4 Life website. Sells are not brisk, it’s not a book about freaky sex like 50 shades, or about a fantasy world like Harry Potter (both great books, I loved HP, JKR is my hero) but it is a great book.
“Save Your Own Life” contains basic information you should know about the human body, hospitals, medical specialties, and more. In the back there are tables where you can type in important medical data. You have space to type in current and past doctors, surgeries, allergies, cardiac device information, and much more. The softcover book is listed as 24.99 and the proceeds will benefit GlobalMusic4 Life. Those will be available soon. However for instant gratification, the .pdf, iBook, and android app version are available for immediate download. I did this and just printed out the tables and wrote the info on them. That way any new doctor or health care practitioner has instant access to my information. I also typed in information on my ipad and android tablets ( You know I love tech)
See the links below. I even have a video with me showing the publisher’s copy of the book. Check out the links and if you have questions, contact me at MelissaMitchell@globalmusic4life.com
Love and Light,
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GlobalMusic4 Life crowdfunding fund raiser
Me showing Save Your Own Life.. on Youtube
For the pdf to your pc: (cheapest cost, buy it here and just donate the extra for a tax deduction)
For Amazon ( Android)
For Google Play (Android)
For itunes ( iBook)