Urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections are stressful and painful and immediate treatment will help get you back to yourself and prevent more serious infections. UTIs are more common in the summer as we tend to get dehydrated. If you are experiencing recurring UTIs, you should tell the GP as there may be underlying causes that need to be investigated, including sexually transmitted diseases.
Tips to prevent UTIs
1. Drink plenty of water
This helps to flush bacteria that causes UTIs from your bladder and tract. Drinking more water also helps to prevent kidney stones.
2. Wear cotton underwear
Synthetic materials trap moisture and cause sweating, creating an excellent environment for bacteria. Cotton underwear is porous and breathable, allowing your urethral area to remain drier.
3. Go to the bathroom regularly
Go as soon as you feel you need to. This helps to flush out bacteria and avoids your urine becoming more concentrated.
Wipe from front to back using toilet paper to reduce irritation and potential inflammation – also consider gentle wet wipes or washing with water. Perfumes and fragrances on toilet paper can be quite irritating to the urethral area, encouraging the growth of infection causing bacteria. Showers are better than baths.
5. Tips before and after sexual intercourse.
Going to the toilet before and after intercourse helps prevent UTIs by flushing out bacteria that may enter your urinary tract. Sexual activity is a common risk factor for UTIs.
6. Avoid intimate products
Products include anything scented including bath oils, powders, bubble bath and vaginal products. These can irritate and set up an inflammatory process that can promote urinary bacteria.
7. Cranberry juice
Drinking a few glasses of cranberry juice a day can help prevent UTIs.
8. Talk to your doctor.
If you are suffering from recurring UTIs, you must seek medical advice. There may be another underlying infection at play that will require treatment. And don’t wait to see your doctor if you have a UTI as it can become more serious and harder to treat. You can consider our same-day GP service for convenient, fast diagnosis and treatment.
What to expect in our private GP practice:
An experienced GP will understand from you what has been happening, conduct an examination and ask you for a urine sample. If the instant urinalysis indicates the presence of an infection, it will be recommended to send the sample to the laboratory for culture and analysis. This will help us see exactly what kind of infection is causing your symptoms. The doctor will give you medical advice and treatment where medically appropriate at the time of your appointment and when your results are back, they will be compared to the treatment you have already been given to see whether any amendments need to be made.