6 Ways to Cope and Deal with Urinary Tract Infection

HEALTH  |  August 23, 2016
  • 1. Keep It Clean
    1 / 6 1. Keep It Clean

    This goes without saying, but keeping your girly bits clean and free from bacteria is the surest way to avoid getting a UTI. The pelvic area is a sensitive region so make sure to avoid using harsh cleansers down there and stick to cotton underwear that will allow your skin to breathe.

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  • 2. Stay Hydrated
    2 / 6 2. Stay Hydrated

    Adults should be drinking at least eight glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated allows your organs to function at their optimum and has multiple benefits including clear skin and shiny hair. Water will also help to flush out any lingering bacteria hanging out in your urinary tract.

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  • 3. Don’t Hold It In
    3 / 6 3. Don’t Hold It In

    With all that water you’ll be drinking, don’t forget to go to the toilet. Holding your pee in can actually contribute to UTI as it gives a chance for bacteria to grow so ideally, it’s better to go every four hours. (If you do get UTIs often, read this!)

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  • 4. Load Up On Cranberry Supplements
    4 / 6 4. Load Up On Cranberry Supplements

    If the dreaded does occur and you’ve gotten stung by a UTI, start taking cranberry capsules. Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, or PACS, that keep bacteria from cinging to the walls of the bladder. PACs aren’t present in the commercial cranberry juice so it’s best to stick to the capsules.

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  • 5. Avoid Certain Foods
    5 / 6 5. Avoid Certain Foods

    There’s not much a person can do once they’re infected but avoiding some foods will help reduce the sting. Stay clear of chili, tomatoes, wine, fruit juices and citrus foods as these will all make your pee more acidic.

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  • 6. Visit A Doctor
    6 / 6 6. Visit A Doctor

    If the infection doesn’t clear up by itself, you may need to take matters out of your hands and place them in the care of a certified doctor. He or she will likely prescribe a course of antibiotics that will kick the infection out and allow you to heal. (Also Read: 6 Important Facts You Must Know About Antibiotics)

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    A version of this story first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly website.

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