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You don't have to live with urinary infections

Publication: The Economic Times

Doctor: Dr. Mukta Kapila, senior consultant, obstetrics and gynaecology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon

Q. 1. What causes UTIs? How much can sexual intercourse trigger infections?

Ans. Urine in itself is sterile. UTI could be caused due to an infection from the gastro-intestinal tract passed on via the anus. The most common cause of a UTI can be infection caused due to E.Coli bacteria. It can on rare occasions be transmitted through an infection in the blood stream. As for sexual intercourse triggering a UTI, the act itself can push infections from the lower part of the vagina up towards the bladder. One of the most common complains we come across is “Honeymoon Cystitis” (infection of the bladder) in newly married women.

Q. 2. Complications in UTIs and medications required to check complications.

Ans. Complications:

  • a) Recurrence of UTI can be one if the major concerns in case medications are taken in incomplete dosage.
  • b) A more serious implication can be the infection travelling upwards towards the kidneys if left untreated. This can cause anywhere from a kidney infection to as severe as a renal failure.

Medication and Prevention: Once the type of bacteria causing the infection is identified by means of urine culture, antibiotics are administered accordingly. The patient is also given urine alkalize and pain killers and advised to drink lots of water so that the infection can be flushed out of the bladder. As a precaution it is important to eat a well-balanced and healthy diet to build immunity in individuals.

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