Statistics suggest that 1 in 5 women will experience a UTI at least once in their lives. A UTI occurs when bacteria enters the bladder through the urethra and causes the urinary tract to swell. This swelling can cause symptoms that are mild to acute and range from frequent urges to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, pelvic pain, and fever. Here are a few things you should not do when you have a UTI.
Avoid seeing a doctor – Not treating the infection can cause the infection to spread to your kidneys. Once this happens, you will require strong medication to kill the bacteria.
Don’t stop taking your prescribed antibiotics – Doctors will let you know how long you need to take a course of antibiotics. The course of antibiotics will range from 3-14 days. Ensure you take the entire course of medication to eliminate the infection.
D – Although visiting the toilet can be painful, not drinking water can cause the infection to breed faster. By staying hydrated, you will clean the walls of the urinary tract easily and quickly.
Don’t consume anything that will worsen your symptoms – It is best to avoid drinks that tax your bladder and these include beverages like coffee, alcohol, caffeinated sodas, acidic fruits, spicy foods and artificial sweeteners.
Don’t hold back – If you don’t urinate frequently, you will be creating more urinary tract issues. The more you go to the bathroom, the quicker the bacteria will leave your bladder.
Don’t have sex – Sex can push bacteria from the vagina into the bladder, and this can cause a new infection. Therefore refrain from sex, till the infection is out of your system.