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Bladder Infection in Women

Written By northidahodpc

Bladder Infection in Women

October 21, 2015

Close up of a woman with hands holding her crotch in an emergency room

Almost every woman will get a bladder infection at least once during her lifetime. Although typically more inconvenient than serious, an untreated case may lead to a serious kidney infection, which may be life threatening. It is therefore important to recognize the risk factors and symptoms of a bladder infection, as well as become acquainted with the ways to prevent and treat this common condition.

RISK FACTORS:

Frequent intercourse, decreased fluid intake/urination, douching, frequent use of hot tubs/bubble baths, holding off on urination for long periods of time, post-menopausal hormonal deficiency and use of a diaphragm for contraception.

SYMPTOMS:

Pain with urination, sudden urge to urinate, frequent and small amounts of urine, lower abdominal/back pain, dribbling, blood in the urine and cloudy urine that has a strong odor.

PREVENTION:

Increase fluid intake, urinate immediately after intercourse, acidify the urine, avoid delay of bathroom breaks, wipe from front to back and avoid diaphragms, douching, hot tubs and bubble baths.

TREATMENT:

Antibiotic therapy, which is often based on urine evaluation in the lab.  Acidifying the urine with cranberry juice/capsules or Vitamin C and increasing fluid intake is a reasonable initial treatment for cases without fever, mid-back pain and/or blood in the urine.

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