About half of women will get a urinary tract infection, or UTI, at some point in life. It happens when germs infect the system that carries urine out of the body — the kidneys, bladder, and the tubes that connect them. Bladder infections are very common and usually not much serious if treated properly. But if the infection spreads to the kidneys, it can cause more serious illness.
UTI Symptoms: Bladder Infection
Most UTIs are bladder infections. Symptoms include:
- Pain or burning during urination
- The urge of urination often
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Urine that is cloudy or foul-smelling or sometimes less in quantity
- Some people may have no symptoms
According To Ayurveda,
According to Ayurveda is co related with “Pittaj Mutrakruchh’. It is caused by the aggravation of the pitta dosha in our body. Aggravated pitta dosha produces heating toxins in the body and these toxins accumulate in the Mutravahini strotas and it causes burning in urination.
How Do UTIs Begin?
Many types of bacteria live in the intestines and genital area, but this is not true of the urinary system. In fact, urine is sterile. So when errant bacteria, such as the E. coli shown here, is accidentally introduced into the urinary system, it can start a UTI. Typically, bacteria travel up the urethra to the bladder, where an infection can occur. Women are more susceptible than men, probably because they have shorter urethras.
UTIs and Diabetes
People with diabetes are more vulnerable to UTIs for several reasons. First, their immune systems may be weaker. Second, Rise in blood sugar can spill into the urine and encourage the growth of bacteria. Also, nerve damage related to diabetes can prevent the bladder from fully emptying. People with diabetes should talk with their doctor at the first sign of a UTI.
UTIs in Children
About 1% of boys and 3% of girls develop UTIs by age 11. This includes some children who repeatedly delay a bathroom trip. Their muscles may not relax enough later to fully empty the bladder and flush away any bacteria. More regular bathroom trips and drinking plenty of liquids may help. A small number of children have a structural problem that obstructs urine flow or lets urine flow back from the bladder to the kidneys, triggering chronic kidney infections. This can lead to kidney damage.
DIET AND LIFESTYLE ADVISE
- Increase intake of liquids in the form of juices , coconut water, water and cooling drinks.
- Avoid sugary cold drinks.
- Avoid intake of oily, spicy , bitter, hot, salty and sour foods.
- Take a bath with ½ teaspoon of powdered of Red sandalwood added to the water.
- 1 cup of milk with 1 teaspoon powder of baking soda at the time of burning in urination, but it is not advisable if infection is recurrent.
- In the season of summer or at the time of UTI you can take 1 glass of water mixed with 1 tablespoon powder of Fennel, 1 teaspoon powder of unrefined sugar.
- Take more vit C flooded fruits to fight against infection. It is very beneficial.
Here are several strategies to reduce the risk of UTIs:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Visit the toilet before and after sex.
- Wipe from front to back.
- Avoid feminine hygiene sprays.
- Take showers instead of baths.
Recommended Ayurvedic Medicines
- Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) – According to Ayurveda It has the quality of Krichraghna which means that relieves difficulty in urination. Tribulus is one of the rare herbs that has both nutritive and cleansing properties, with Tridosha balancing effect.
- There are also other medicines likePramehgajkesari ras, Chandraprabha vati and Praval Pishti but all these medicines can be taken after consulting Ayurveda Physician.
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