UTI. Urinary tract infections (also known as bladder infections). These are not fun, but there are several things you can do to help prevent urinary tract infections.
-Wipe from front to back.
-Avoid potentially irritating feminine products, such as sprays and powders. These products can irritate the urethra, increasing the chance of infection.
FOR MEN AND WOMEN:
-Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. By drinking water, you dilute your urine and ensure that you will urinate regularly, allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin.
-Empty your bladder and drink a full glass of water soon after intercourse to flush any bacteria from your urinary tract.
-Drink cranberry juice regularly. If you don’t like the flavor, there are supplements available in pill form. Cranberry juice works to prevent infections in two ways: by making the urine more acidic and therefore a hostile environment for bacteria, and by preventing the infection-causing bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract.
–Persistent feeling of the need to urinate
-Burning sensation while urinating
-Urine that is red, pink or cola-colored
-Pelvic pain, in women
-Rectal pain, in men
If you are experiencing any symptoms of a UTI, contact Dr. Lawrence Newman—your Las Vegas urology specialist—to schedule an evaluation today!