Burning up

02nd February, 2017
Dr Phalatse Lanyai

Passing urine is a normal physiological action that is associated with a well hydrated body, a body that is able to discard toxins and by-products. The urinary tract is composed of two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder and the urethra.

Our kidneys filter out the blood and remove toxins, excess salts and water as the blood flows through them, producing urine, the fluid that we pass. In a nutshell the urinary tract cleans our blood and removes by-products of normal cellular functioning.

Urinary Tract Infection(UTI)

Is an infection that can occur anywhere along the urinary tract, however it commonly occurs in the urethra and the bladder. This type of infection accounts for eight million visits to doctors each year. It is also the second most common infection after respiratory tract infection. Normal ageing as well as hormonal changes associated with menopause increase the risk of UTIin women.

Symptoms

  • Frequent urge to pass urine
  • Pain when passing urine, a burning sensation when passing urine, pain in the lower, central part of the abdomen
  • Cloudy and foul-smelling urine, usually suggest that the infection has advanced

It is wise to visit the doctor early on if you suspect you might have a UTI.

It is important to take a bath or shower at least once a day to keep kempt. A healthy sex lifestyle is usually considered a risk to getting UTI. The reason is that the act of coitus promotes rectal bacteria to colonize the vaginal tract, which can easily track up the urethra. A healthy sex lifestyle with one partner (fidelity) produces wonderful endorphins that keep you young, glorious and beautiful.

A plan to avoid being predisposed to UTI would be to get your partner to at least wash his hands before doing the deed, and for you to pass urine after coitus. Drinking water – about two litres a day is ideal – and will help you to pass a satisfying amount of urine, thus flushing out the urinary tract, leaving you with the satisfactory feeling of relief and cleanliness.

Treatment

  • Antibiotics and a few other medications to help relieve the symptoms of having a UTI.
  • As the age of wisdom approaches (>49 years), factors like menopause set in. Visit your doctor and introduce the subject of decreasing hormones and how best you can deal with this life issue.

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