What is a UTI?
a UTI is also known as a Urinary Tract Infection and can be very uncomfortable! This is an infection that attacks your bladder and reproductive systems. There are two kinds of UTIs, Cystitis, and Urethritis.
Cystitis: is an inflammation of the bladder, which means the inner lining of your bladder becomes irritated, red or, swollen. Cystitis doesn’t always come from an infection. It could come from certain medicines or hygiene products. Cystitis can affect anyone, but it occurs most often in women.
Urethritis: is inflammation of a person’s urethra. A urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body. Pain, when you urinate, is the main symptom of Urethritis. This is commonly due to infection by certain bacterias. not to worry it is usually easy to cure with antibiotics.
If left untreated both of these illnesses can lead to more severe ailments such kidney infections which in return can cause sepsis which is life-threatening. No need to worry though because UTI’s aren’t something that is uncommon in the medical world, usually most people who have a UTI just take antibiotics.
What causes a UTI?
It’s actually pretty easy to catch a UTI which is why I said they are common in the medical world. There are bacteria that live in a person’s vagina, penis, and anal areas that can be susceptible to enter the urethra and travel to the bladder. The most common bacteria that causes the bladder infection is E. coli. Most E. coli comes from poop and since the anus is so close to the urethra it’s a disaster waiting to happen. The way the bacteria travels is mostly through sexual intercourse, which allows the bacteria to travel between hosts and eventually enter the urethra. Now don’t get me wrong UTI’s are not like STD’s they do not spread by having sex, but by having sex you’re creating the likely scenario of achieving an infection. Sometimes you don’t even need to have sex to catch one, usually, anything that brings bacteria in contact with your genitals can cause a UTI. Which is why doctors don’t really care HOW you got the infection because it is impossible to pinpoint the exact cause because many things can lead to getting a UTI.
Can A UTI go away on its own?
Well, let me tell you our bodies are actual living miracles, from repairing broken bones to regrowing burned skin. So the answer to this question is, of course, yes, a UTI will eventually leave your body on its own. But that doesn’t mean when you get diagnosed with an infection, you should do nothing. Not treating a UTI can lead to serious consequences, although I did say your body will get rid of a UTI eventually the important factor here is time. You do not want that bacteria to migrate to your kidneys. This will create like threatening symptoms. If a bladder infection becomes a kidney infection this can become deadly because the infection can travel to the bloodstream causing Sepsis. If you think you are coming down with an infection you can get a urine test from a doctor the see if there are signs of infection or not. Once you’ve received the diagnosis, you’ll just be put on antibiotics and feel better within a few days.
What can I do to help treat my UTI?
Obviously, besides taking the prescribed medication your doctor has given you, you can also take steps at home to help cure your UTI. Other things such as drinking an abundance of cranberry juice, and eating a lot of oranges. This should usually fix it but if your symptoms don’t go away in a few days you might need to consult your doctor again just to be safe.
What is sepsis, should I be worried?
Sepsis is a life-threatening disease caused by UTI’s. Sepsis occurs when chemicals release into the bloodstream to fight the infection. This causes widespread inflammation which can slow blood flow and damage your organs. If it moves to its later stages such as severe sepsis or septic shock. It’s important to get help ASAP. If you have sepsis, you already have a serious infection. Early symptoms include fever and feeling unwell, faint, weak, or confused. You may notice your heart rate and breathing are faster than usual. If it’s not treated, sepsis can harm your organs, make it hard to breathe, give you diarrhea and nausea, and mess up your thinking. When a person has septic shock the heart and circulatory system begin to fail, and blood pressure drops. This slows blood flow to all your organs, and they begin to do poorly.
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A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.
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