Signs and Symptoms
1. Pain in the lower abdomen of lower back.
2. Burning, stinging, or other discomfort when urinating.
3. Frequent urination, but with small amounts of urine passed each time.
4. Cloudy, strong-smelling, or blood tinged urine.
5. Yellow discharge from the urinary tube (urethra).
6. In women, pain experienced during sexual in intercourse.
What to do now
1. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy or very acidic foods that may further irritate the bladder.
2. Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day to dilute the concentration of bacteria in your urine. (But don’t drink lots of water if you’re going to see your doctor; this can dilute your urine sample, skewing the results of your test).
3. Use a heating pad or hot-water bottle to ease your pain.
4. Eat plain yogurt if you get a yeast infection after taking antibiotics prescribed for your urinary tract infection. The bacteria in the yogurt help control yeast.
When to call a doctor
1. If your have a sharp pain that comes in waves, beginning in the back below the ribs and moving toward the groin; you may have kidney stones.
2. If you have a rapidly rising fever and sudden, intense pain in your back, near or above your waistline; you may have a kidney infection.
3. If you are a woman and painful urination is accompanied by tenderness and a dull ache or pain in your lower back and abdomen; pain during intercourse; and/or irregular, missed, or unusually heavy menstrual periods. You may have a dometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease.
4. If painful urination is accompanied by an abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina; you may have a sexually transmitted disease.
5. If you are a man and painful urination is accompanied by a frequent need to urinate, an interrupted urinary stream, painful ejaculation, or pain in the pelvis or lower back. you may have a prostate problem.
6. If your urine looks bloody or very cloudy.
7. If you experience painful urination or the symptoms of a urinary tract infection.
8. If your symptoms don’t go away or if they come back despite treatment.
How to prevent it
1. Drink eight glasses of fluids-including lots of water-each day. Try cranberry juice, too, which can sometime discourage an infection from developing.
2. Don’t postpone urinating when you have the urge to go. And empty your bladder completely every time your urinate.
3. Wash before and after sex, this helps flush out bacterial that may have entered the urinary tract during intercourse.
4. Avoid bubble bath and scented personal hygiene products. Use a mild, unscented detergent to launder underwear; scented or harsh products can irritate the skin around the urethra making infection more likely.
5. Wear cotton-crotch underwear and loose fitting clothes.
6. Wash genitals with plain water once a day.
1. If you use a diaphragm, wash it after each use with warm, soapy water, then carefully rinse it and dry it. If you have repeated infections, ask your doctor to check whether it fits properly. If a different size doesn’t help, consider using another method of birth control.
2. To keep the urinary tract free of bacteria, always wipe yourself from to back after using the toilet.