How to prevent or treat a UTI

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that can affect your urethra, kidneys and bladder. While uncommon, if a UTI is left untreated for an extended period of time, it can escalate to a life-threating situation.

However, most of the time, UTIs are simply annoying and inconvenient. Between 50 and 60 percent of women will experience a UTI at some point during her life, and many will have more than one throughout their lifetimes.

Also, remember: Women aren’t the only ones who get UTIs.

 

So, how do you treat a UTI?

According to Women’s Health Magazine, once you get a UTI, the only way to treat it is to take antibiotics. A doctor can diagnose the infection and prescribe antibiotics. Check out the video below for more information on this.

 

 

If you’d like to avoid this hassle, Women’s Health Magazine provided a few tips to prevent a UTI altogether:

  1. Get plenty of vitamin C: Vitamin C is beneficial in two ways: first, if your urine is acidic, it helps fight bacteria, and second, vitamin C helps your immune system.
  2. Drink a lot of fluids: Staying hydrated  decreases the amount of bacteria in the bladder, helping prevent UTIs (and kidney stones!).

We’ve all heard that drinking cranberry juice will help keep our urinary tracts healthy, but is that true? Check it out here.

Check out the rest of the tips from  Women’s Health Magazine  here.

 

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