A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that may affect the upper and/or lower urinary tract. When it affects the lower urinary tract it is termed as cystitis and when it affects the upper urinary tract, it is termed as pyelonephritis. UTI cases are higher in those above the age of 45/50 years as they may be suffering from prostatitis, orchitis, pyelonephritis, cystitis or urethritis.
Escherichia coli (E – Coli) is generally the most common cause of UTI, accounting for majority of the cases. Staphylococcus is possibly the second major cause of this infection. Usually, germs enter the body through the urethra, (the tube that carries urine from bladder to the outside of the body). The germs that usually cause these infections live in large intestine and come with the stools. When these germs get inside the urethra, they travel up into the bladder and kidneys causing an infection. Women are more prone to bladder infections than men as they have shorter urethras, so it is easier for the germs to move up their bladders. Having sex can also make it easier for germs to get into the urethra. These bacteria may also cause UTI if there is:
- Incomplete bladder emptying (when there is prostatic enlargement),
- Low immunity state
- Anal intercourse
- There may be pain or burning when urinating.
- Frequent desire to urinate, but not much urine comes out.
- There may be pain on one side of the back under the ribs- the area where the kidneys are located.
- There may be nausea and vomiting conventionally?
With antibiotics the problem is usually cured in a few days. Drinking a lot of water and other fluids (such as Cranberry juice) and passing urine to empty the bladder each time also helps. Wearing 100% cotton panties helps as it allow the body to breathe. Avoid wearing trousers that are too tight and take a shower instead of sitting in a bath tub for long periods as this could give bacteria a chance to get into the urinary tract. It is also a good practice to pass urine shortly after having an intercourse to flush out any bacteria that the urinary tract may have picked up.
Homeopathic remedies are very safe, effective and curative in Urinary Tract Infections. Remedies are selected on basis of symptoms, signs and modalities of every individual case. Once treated with homeopathic remedies recurrence of Urinary Tract Infection is generally reduced and may even heal completely.