When someone has urinary incontinence, it is not uncommon to see the signs of urinary tract infections (UTIs). This infection can be extremely painful for patients with this medical condition, especially when there are no symptoms present or doctors cannot pinpoint the exact cause. The symptoms of UTI can include burning urination, frequent urination, and painful urination.
If the symptoms are not severe enough to warrant a visit to the doctor or if you simply can’t find anything wrong with your urinary system, there is still a way to prevent the infection. There are a few things that you can do to help reduce your risk of UTI and hopefully prevent this uncomfortable medical condition.
In this article, we will be sharing how to prevent UTI, the symptoms of urinary infection and what to do about it, prevention tips to avoid getting a UTI and what are some home remedies that can help prevent UTI.
What is UTI?
UTIs are infections of the urinary system that are usually caused by bacteria. The symptoms of UTIs include burning on urination, frequent urination, and painful urination. There are many risk factors for UTIs, but one of the most common causes is an increase in bacteria entering your urinary tract. This can be caused by a lack of good hygiene or overusing certain medications like antibiotics, certain over the counter pain relievers, antacids, and even anti-diarrheal medication.
There are also certain medical conditions that can cause UTIs, such as pregnancy and diabetes. Some women who have significant pelvic pain or discomfort may also experience UTIs, but these symptoms do not always indicate a UTI.
If you are having any of the below symptoms and think you might be experiencing urinary tract infection, it is best to consult with your doctor for further evaluation:
- Chronic Pain
- Frequent Urination (10+ times per day)
- Painful Urination (painful and/or burning urination)
- Urine that is cloudy or contains blood or pus after you have gone to the bathroom
If you want to prevent UTI, it is important for you to know what to do. Although each person’s urinary tract is different, there are certain things that can be done regardless of your unique body type and medical history. Now that we know what UTIs are and what they can do to your urinary system, we will discuss how to prevent UTI with some simple prevention tips.
How To Prevent UTI with Urinary Incontinence
The most important thing that you can do to prevent UTIs is to take the necessary measures when it comes to hygiene. Having an unhealthy urinary tract and a high amount of bacteria in your urine increases the risk of contracting UTIs. This means that the more prevention tips you implement, the less likely it will be for you to get a UTI in the future. This is even more important for someone with urinary incontinence who is constantly going to the bathroom.
1) Proper urination habits
When it comes to preventing UTIs, there are certain things that you can do to prevent bacteria from growing in your urinary tract. This includes proper urination habits. Ensuring that you have good hygiene is essential for preventing UTI and bladder infection. It is important to urinate after every bowel movement, but also all the time if you experience any issues with incontinence.
This means that even if you are experiencing an issue with incontinence, it is important for you to empty your bladder after each bowel movement. This helps clean up any bacterial growth that may be building up in your urinary tract so that you don’t experience UTIs.
2) Take a probiotic
Another thing that you can do to prevent UTIs is to take a probiotic. This is especially important for people who have urinary incontinence, because it helps reduce the amount of bacteria in your urinary tract. In addition, if you are having any issues with incontinence, it is best to get a good quality probiotic. The more healthy bacteria in your urine will help keep UTI away from you and hopefully prevent this uncomfortable medical condition from developing.
3) Wipe from front to back
One important habit that you can adopt to prevent UTIs is to wipe from front to back. This means that you should always start wiping with a clean toilet paper or wet wipes from front to back after urinating. This helps prevent bacteria from growing from toilet paper that contains fecal matter.
4) Keep the genital area as dry as possible
This is especially important if you are suffering from incontinence. It is important for you to ensure that your genital area is as dry as possible so that harmful bacteria does not grow in this area. You can start doing this by keeping the genital area dry by keeping it covered with a dry piece of clean toilet paper.
5) Drink plenty of water
It is important to drink enough water. It is common for people with urinary incontinence to not drink enough water, which can lead to dehydration and make it more difficult for your body to flush out bacteria. You should also make sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated is especially important if you are experiencing recurrent UTIs.
Dehydration makes it more difficult for your body to get rid of any bacteria. This is why it is important for you to drink enough water in order to prevent UTIs and other infections. People who are experiencing UTIs or another kind of infection should make sure that they take extra care when it comes to drinking water.
Urinary incontinence is never fun and can be extremely painful and frustrating for people with this condition. To prevent UTIs, it is important to take proper measures in terms of hygiene, especially if you have urinary incontinence. If you know someone who is suffering from urinary incontinence, other than sharing these tips with them on how to prevent UTI, we recommend talking to a doctor for professional medical advice.
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