How To Prevent A Urinary Tract Infection

Michelle Hopkins

A UTI is an infection of the urinary tract. It can affect your bladder, kidneys, urethra, or your ureters. An infection in this part of the body can cause you pain and discomfort. It can cause you to feel pain in your kidneys or in your abdomen. It can cause you pain while going to the bathroom, or cause other pain as well. If you have a urinary tract infection, you need to have it treated right away to prevent other issues. You will need antibiotics and water to flush out the infection. You need to do what you can to prevent a urinary tract infection in the first place. Read on for helpful information to prevent a UTI.

Wipe Properly

You need to be sure you wipe properly when you go to the bathroom. Wipe from front to back, and not the other way around. Wiping from back to front can case problems such as bacteria being spread to your vagina. When this happens, it can cause a UTI. Wipe properly and use bathroom wipes if you need to to prevent the spread of bacteria to your vagina.

Shower After Sweating

Shower daily and shower after doing anything that may cause you to sweat, including working out, playing a sport, or even having sex. Shower after you've been sweating, as this extra heat and moisture can lead to a UTI. Shower after you've been sweating and clean your vaginal area thoroughly.

Drink Plenty Of Water

Make sure you drink plenty of water each day to flush your system and to keep your kidneys healthy and clean. If you have yellow or dark urine, you need to drink more water every day to keep your body healthy and your kidneys functioning properly. If you suspect you have an infection, you need to drink more water. Be sure you drink at least 8 - 10 glasses of water each day.

Don't Hold In Your Urine

When you have to go to the bathroom, you need to go. Don't attempt to hold in your urine, and go whenever you have the feeling in your body to have to go. If you hold your urine, it can lead to kidney pain and a urinary tract infection. 

If you do end up needing urinary tract infection treatment, you need to get treated for it by your physician right away to prevent it from worsening or causing other issues.