Prevention of urine infection
Health tips to prevent urinary infections among women:
$1· Use the complete course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor (never leave it incomplete or else bacteria may develop resistance to the same and the antibiotic may become ineffective).
$1· Maintain good personal hygiene, but do not go overboard. Do not scrub yourself too hard or too often. If you damage the delicate genital skin, you might increase the chance of bacteria entering into your system.
$1· Clean yourself from front to back after bowel movement (front to back brings anal bacteria to the urethra and vagina and predisposes to infection).
$1· Use cotton panties and change frequently.
$1· Avoid using strong medicated soaps in the genital area.
$1· Make it a practice to wash yourself before and after intercourse.
$1· Pass urine before and after intercourse to flush out any bacteria that may enter into the urinary tract.
$1· Drink plenty of water always (at least 8 to 10 glasses per day).
$1· Empty your bladder when you feel the urge to pass urine (don’t hold back urine for prolonged periods).
$1· Avoid using western style toilet seats in public places (unless they are protected by disposable seat covers)
If you are getting recurrent infections:
$1· Get your partner examined and treated as well before you resume intercourse.
$1· Get a urinary culture done to detect the causative organism and institute appropriate treatment.
$1· Get your blood tested for diabetes.
$1· Get a sonography of your urinary tract done to rule out any congenital abnormality or stone which may predispose you to the same.
$1· You may need to take a daily/weekly antibiotic for a few weeks under a doctor’s guidance.
$1· Get all vaginal infections treated completely.
$1· If you are menopausal, get examined by your gynaecologist. You may need local oestrogen creams to “strengthen your urinary tract” against infections.