Chronic, means long-lasting or lingering and chronic urinary tract infections are the infections of the urinary tract that either doesn’t go away even after the treatment or don’t react to the treatment. The disease may continue to disturb your urinary tract even after the right treatment, or they may reappear after treatment.
We all know that the urinary tract is the pathway which makes up to the urinary system. It includes the following:
- The kidney filters the blood and generates the body waste in the form of urine.
- The ureters are the tubes which carry urine from the kidneys into the bladder.
- The bladder then collects and stores urine and urethra is the tube which carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.
Now the infection can affect any part of the urinary system. When a disease only affects your bladder, it’s usually a minor illness that can be easily treated. However, if it spreads to your kidneys, you may suffer from serious health consequences, and may even need to be hospitalized.
The symptoms of a chronic urinary tract infection:
The symptoms of a chronic UTI affecting your bladder include frequent urination, bloody or dark urine, burning while urinating, pain in your kidneys, which means in your lower back or below your ribs and pain in your bladder region. If the UTI spreads to your kidneys, it might cause nausea, vomiting, chills, a high fever, fatigue and tiredness, mental disorientation.
The causes of chronic urinary tract infections:
A UTI is the result of a bacterial infection. In most of the cases, the bacteria enter the urinary system through the urethra. Since the urethra isn’t favourable for multiplication, the bacteria multiply in the bladder. It’s helpful to break down UTIs into the bladder and urethral infections to better understand how they develop.
The bacterial infection is common in the bladder. The bacteria typically live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. In its normal state, it doesn’t cause any problems. However, if it finds its way out of the intestines and into the urinary tract, it can lead to infection. This infection can be chronic unless the bacteria named E-coli is treated.
The best UTI prevention is avoiding this bacteria traveling up the tract.
This usually happens when tiny or even microscopic bits of feces get into the urinary tract. This might happen during sex. For example, this can happen if you switch between anal and vaginal sex without cleaning in between. Anal sex increases your UTI risk significantly. Bladder infections can also develop from toilet water backsplash or by improper wiping. Foamy urine can also signal an issue.
Urethral infections are also known as urethritis, infections of the urethra could be due to bacteria such as E-coil. Urethritis can also be the result of a sexually transmitted infection (STI); however, this is rare. STIs include herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia.
Following are the major causes of UTIs:
Excessive Use of Carbonated or Caffeinated Drinks
Frizzy drinks, teas, coffee, along with many other carbon-based edibles accelerate the burning in the urine and cause severe pain in the process of urination. Avoiding frizzy drinks is the best way to prevent chronic UTIs.
Less Use of Water
If you aren’t consuming enough water, you are not giving anything to your kidneys to dump waste with. Little or burning urine can be because there is an excessive amount of garbage and a tiny amount of water to carry it out of the system. So drink as much water as you can without puking in one go. Drinking in insignificant quantities isn’t also effective.
Poor hygienic protocol:
Keep yourself clean. After and before intimacy clean your private parts thoroughly with the help of water or medicated tissues. Wash with the pink antibacterial solution in case there is redness or irritation. Be very careful while choosing the garments for yourself. Always keep your undergarments clean and hygienic.
By following the abovementioned preventive measures, you can reduce the chances of getting a UTI.
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