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Urinary Tract Infection! What the Heck?

I decided to do this segment on urinary tract infections because in the summe we tend to go out and participate in recreational water activities, alcohol consumption, excessive sexual activity, which can throw off our PH or create a bacterial festival in our Urinary tract. Plus we see this occur more in the summer than in the winter months.   So you must be wondering what a Urinary Tract Infection is, if you never hear of it you are lucky. Let make this clear these type  are not contagious~ Urinary Tract Infection is also known as UTI or Cystitis, though they are most common in babies, women and older people it can occur to anyone. But it develops when microbes enter the urinary tract and cause infection. Bacteria are the most common cause of UTIs, although fungi rarely can also infect the urinary tract. E. coli bacteria, which live in the bowel, cause most UTIs. These infections can be very uncomfortable, painful and can have adverse effects on the urethra and the bladder, which can lead to severe kidney infections if not treated promptly or adequately (Mayo, 2015). What do Conventional medical practitioners suggest? They prescribe medication. Prescription painkillers and antibiotics are often prescribed to clear up Urinary Tract Infections. Because antibiotics strip away all good and bad bacteria, they often lead to yeast infections (NIDDKD, 2011), which can be as uncomfortable as a urinary tract infection. Why women, babies, and the older population are more susceptible to UTI's? The answers are pretty simple a women, and babies have shorter or underdeveloped urethra than men do; older people often are on medications that can throw PH balance off. What are the symptoms of a Urinary Tract infection you may ask? According to the Mayo Clinic Urinary tract infections don't always cause signs and symptoms, but when they do they may include:

  • A mighty, persistent urge to urinate

  • A burning sensation when urinating

  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine

  • Urine that appears cloudy

  • Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored — a sign of blood in the urine.