UTI in its full meaning connotes Urinary Tract Infection.
This is an infection involving the urinary tract, which consist of: kidneys, bladder, or urethra. All these are the permeable structures that urine passes through before being excreted from the body. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can occur in any part of the urinary tract. Mostly, UTIs are caused by bacteria; they can also be caused by fungi or viruses.
To simply explain the aforementioned urinary tract permeable structures, the kidneys are a pair of small organs (beans like) that lies on either side of the spine at about waist level. They have several important
functions in the body, some of which includes, removing waste and excess water from the blood and eliminating them as urine via urinary track. These functions make the kidneys important in the regulation of blood pressure (BP). Kidneys are also very sensitive to changes in blood sugar levels, bloodpressure and electrolyte balance. Both diabetes and hypertension can cause damage to these particular organs.
The bladder is a small sack-like organ that collects and stores urine. Whenever the urine reaches a certain level in the bladder, it makes us experience a feeling that excretion is needful; the bladder can then be personally pressurized to discharge the urine.
The urethra is the tube through which urine comes out of the bladder. The urethra in women is far shorter than it is in men. In men, it has to pass through the prostate and the penis. Urinary Tract Infections can involve the urethra (urethritis), bladder (cystitis), or kidneys (pyelonephritis). When the kidneys are involved, Urinary tract infections can be life threatening.
D – MANNOSE (Master Healer for UTIs)
…………A particular adult woman I know narrated her case that she gets a bladder infection every time she has sex…. And generally, millions of women, ladies and girls (and sometimes a very few boys and men) yearly have at least an episode of acute bladder infection called “cystitis”. Medical expert generally believe that routine treatment of bladder and kidney infections involves antibiotics and antimicrobials. Antibiotics are actually an inferior treatment choice.
The widely known effective treatment for initial treatment of most Urinary Tract Infections is D-mannose. D-mannose is a naturally occurring simple sugar, closely related (in chemical terms, a “stereoisomer”) to glucose. Very small amounts of D-mannose are metabolized by our bodies; more than small amounts are excreted promptly into the urine. But come to think of it, how can even large quantities of a simple natural sugar do anything at all in curing over ninety percent of all bladder and Urinary Tract Infections? Answer to this question could be found in the interaction between D-mannose and the bacterium found in over of ninety percent of all bladder infections.
Someone might be asking again “But why doesn’t the normal down-flow of urine from the kidneys through the urethras into the bladder and thence beyond simply carry the E. coli right along with it? What allows the E. coli to “stick” to the inner walls of the bladder and even work their way upward (like “Spiderman”) in some cases reaching as far as the kidneys? Here is the answer; the “cell walls” of each E. coli are covered with tiny fingerlike projections. The very tips of these projections are an amino acid-sugar complex, a “glycoprotein” also called a “lectin”. E. coli “lectins” have the unfortunate (for us) capability of “sticking” the bacteria to the inside walls of our bladders and urinary tracts, so they can’t be rinsed out by urination.
URINARY TRACT INFECTION SYMPTOMS:
UTI Symptoms depend largely on what part of the urinary tract is infected.
Lower Urinary Tract Infections are infections of the urethra and bladder. The symptoms of UTI (that is lower Urinary Tract Infections) include:
- Increased rates of urination with scanty amounts of urine being excreted.
- Bloody urine
- Burning with urination
- Colorful urine that looks like cola or tea
- Strong odor in urine
- Pelvic pain (common in women)
- Rectal pain ( Common in men)
Upper Urinary Tract Infections are infections of the kidneys. This is regarded as being potentially threatening to life. There is a condition called sepsis, this is when the bacteria move from the infected kidney into the blood. Sepsis is commonly known in causing dangerously low blood pressures, shock, and death.
Upper Urinary Tract Infection symptoms include:
Urinary Tract Infections during pregnancy can cause premature delivery and high blood pressure. UTIs during pregnancy are also more likely to spread to the kidneys. So, women who are pregnant and have symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections are therefore advised to see their doctor without delay.
Bladder Infection Symptoms include:
- A burning sensation when urinating: this is the most common symptom of a bladder infection.
- Frequent urge to urinate.
- Passing only small quantities of urine despite the urge to urinate.
- Cloudy or bloody with a strong, foul smelling odor.
- Spasm of the bladder.
- The elderly usually experience lethargy, mental confusion which may depict more serious urinary tract infection
- Fever or chills: this can be a sign that the infection has gone into the kidney(s).
HOME REMEDIES FOR UTIs:
There are so many remedies that could be applied in order to prevent worse cases of Urinary Tract Infections. Some home remedies for UTIs include:
- drinking up to six – eight glasses of water daily (for both men and women)
- drinking water after having sex (for both men and women)
- not holding urine for long periods of time (in both men and women)
- cleaning your vaginal and rectal areas daily (in women)
- taking showers instead of baths (in both men and women)
- wearing of comfortable underwear, (in both men and women)
- wearing underpants with a cotton crotch (in women)
- wiping from front to back after urinating or having a bowel movement (in women)
Note: Even though these steps are useful, yet they do not guarantee that you won’t get a Urinary Tract Infection. You are rather advised to contact your medical personnel whenever you have any symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections.
Synthetic drugs such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, ofloxacin, perfloxacin, cotrimoxazole, the penicillin antibiotics, the cephalosporins, aminoglycosides and others are indicated in the treatment of UTI infection depending on the severity.