UTI’s : Simple information to combat urinary tract infections

UTI: Urinary Tract Infections, when to seek help

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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.

What helps?

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


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It’s Cold Outside….

It’s Cold Outside

It is cold outside, but why do we act surprised? I live in Chicago, where the saying is there are two seasons – winter and construction. There also two main temperatures. Too darn hot or too darn cold. Well this summer was very pleasant. No scorching hot temperatures and until recently, early October, the weather was downright pleasant.

So why do we always exclaim the change in seasons? Well you get used to a good thing for one. Summer shorts and sandals were in. Cute little tight tees for those who are nice and slim (and a few who are not)

I guess the only answer I can give is the funky little thing called abruptness. There is no 80 then 70 then 60 then 50, and so on. No in Chicago, you can literally have a barbeque at noon and have to race inside at 3pm because of icy cold rain, high winds, and 40 degree temperatures.


And that means it is officially dry skin season as well. No more cute light summer lotion, wash and go with no effort hairstyles ( especially curly or dry hair) – it is time to get the oils and hard core creams out! Or is it?


Winter skin care:

What you need differs with your skin type. Oily skin probably needs gentle, lightly medicated treatment and a non-oil based moisturizer. Yes you need spf 15 or higher, maybe a 25 if you are outside for a good period of time. That means you Ms. Commuter standing in the sun waiting on the bus. Dry skin needs moisturizer as well. A gentle creamy wash all over and something creamy or even a light oil for the skin.

Many dermatologists recommend to just say no to oil on the face. That includes oil based makeup. Try the mineral powder based makeup. Combination skin, hmmm  a lot of us have that. Oily around the forehead, nose and chin and dry elsewhere. The key is to try to clean well and gently removing oil and dirt while not stripping the skin of all of its natural oils.


Skin on the body is always fun. Not saying your face isn’t part of your body but, well you know what I mean! We spend 40 minutes on our face and 1 on the other 95% of our skin. Some folks have oily skin on other areas. “Backne” – back acne, is um, unfortunate. However there is now medicated body wash for that. I recommend a weekly exfoliating wash and a twice daily wash with something with maybe 2% salicylic acid. If your skin is troubling you, go visit a reputable dermatologist. Yes I like trying new stuff at the drug store. My skin is mean and after a while, the old stuff does not seem to do the trick any more. What currently works for me is exfoliating then washing with acne body wash and then coconut oil all over ( I smell dreamy) and then in trouble dry and crusty spots, aka, feet soles, elbows, that crazy small area on my lower back!!! ( sorry tmi) I use a mixture of cocoa butter and shea oil. In a pinch, I will use Vaseline but rarely any more. If it is super zero and windy, I might go old school (Vaseline) if I have to be out in the cold longer than it takes me to run to the car and run inside. However, I am not above taking my face wash with me and washing the V off when I get inside.


A little oil in a warm bath leaves the skin nice too. The operative word is little. One because you do not want to clog your pores, two because it can clog your drain, three oil stains clothes and bed sheets. I am just saying, baby oil is all fun and games until it is time to wash the sheets and then the giggling stops.


One last note. I am not nagging. However, for the record, YES, you still need to wear a little sun block if you will be out for a while. My fellow brown colored and darker people skip this. They shouldn’t necessarily do that. The sun hitting on snow whether it’s the slopes at a ski resort or in front of your home after the first Chicago snow storm, will be harsh to your skin. I recommend a skin moisturizer with a spf of 25 to protect against dryness and the sun. Ok one more thing – water, drink it, green tea, plain, mineral, with a few drops of juice. Get in the fluid that helps the skin and water is the number one way t keep skin nice – from the inside J


What special things do you do for your skin in the winter? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com


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