Health-Related Links -- Urinary Tract Infection

Symptoms

  • loss of appetite or indigestion
  • burning or pain with urination
  • frequent urination
  • urgent need to urinate
  • cloudy or bloody urine
  • strong or foul-smelling urine
  • fever or chills
  • pain in the lower abdomen or back
  • loss of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
  • urethral discharge (in men)

Treatment

  • antibiotics are usually required -- see a physician
  • increase liquid intake to at least eight glasses per day
  • urinary analgesics, such as Azo-Standard or Pyridium may be taken for relief of discomfort

Get Advice For

  • drink at least eight glasses of liquids per day, including eight ounces or more of water daily
  • avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol or caffeinated beverages
  • include adequate vitamin C in the diet to acidify the urine
  • urinate at least every 3-4 hours and don't suppress the urge to urinate
  • wear cotton underwear to allow evaporation of perspiration
  • avoid wearing tight clothing such as tight jeans
  • wipe from front to back after urination or bowel movements
  • always urinate after sexual intercourse
  • use a water-based lubricant during sexual intercourse
  • avoid use of scented soaps and powders in the vaginal area
  • change sanitary pads frequently during menstruation
  • wash the genital area daily with mild soap