Urinary Tract Infection-Symptoms And Treatment.
Urinary tract infection can be defined as an infection found in any of the urinary system such as the urethra, the kidney, the bladder etc.
There are many different disorders of the urinary tract. They are not always easy to tell. Some are not serious, while others can be very dangerous.
A dangerous illness may begin with only mild symptoms. It is often difficult to identify these disorders correctly. Special knowledge and tests may be needed. Seek medical advice when necessary.
COMMON PROBLEMS WITH URINATING
- Urinary tract infections that are not spread by sexual contact.
- Kidney stones.
- Prostrate trouble (difficulty in passing urine that is caused by an enlarged gland; most common in older men).
- Gonorrhea (difficulty or pain in passing urine; it is an infectious disease spread by sexual contact).
- In some parts of the world, schistosomiasis is the most common cause of blood in the urine.
URINARY TRACT INFECTION SYMPTOMS
- Sometimes you will start having fever and chills or headache.
- Sometimes pain in the side of the stomach (below the ribs).
- Painful urination and need to urinate very often.
- Urine may be cloudy or reddish (bloody).
- Unable to hold in urine.
- Sometimes it feels as though the bladder does not empty completely after urinating.
- Sometimes there is pain in the lower back (kidney).
- Sometimes the pain seems to go down to the legs.
- In serious cases (kidney disease), the feet and face may swell.
Many women suffer from minor urinary infections. In men, they are much less common. Sometimes, the only symptoms are painful urination and the need to urinate often. Other common symptoms are blood in the urine and pain in the lower belly.
Pain in the mid or lower back, often spreading around the sides below the ribs with fever; this indicates a more serious problem.
URINARY TRACT INFECTION TREATMENT
- Drink a lot of water. Many minor urinary infections can be cured by simply drinking a lot of water, without the need for medicine. Drink at least 1 glass of water every 30 minutes for 3 to 4 hours and get into the habit of drinking lots of water. But if the person cannot urinate or has swelling of the hands and face, he or she should not drink much water.
- If the person does not get better by drinking a lot of water, or if he or she has a fever, he or she should take pills of co-trimoxazole or another sulfonamide, ampicillin or tetracycline. Pay careful attention to dosage and precautions. To completely control the infection, it may be necessary to take the medicine for 10 days or more. It is very important to continue to drink a lot of water while taking these medicines, especially the sulfonamides.
- If the person does not get better quickly, seek for immediate medical attention.