Three Myths You Mustn’t Believe About Urinary Tract Infections

December 27, 2017   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Health
woman suffering from uti

According to statistics, one out of every five women will have at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in her lifetime. Caused by an infection of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra, it is one of the most common ailments among women. Despite its prevalence among females, though, it’s not true that only the ladies get it — men can develop the condition, as well.

Here are a few other myths about the infection:

Those who get UTI have poor hygiene.

While studies have shown that fewer changes in undergarments and infrequent bathing increase the likelihood of getting a UTI, even people with the best personal care habits can acquire it. Many pregnant women, for example, develop Glycosuria, the passing of glucose into the urine, which increases the likelihood of bacterial growth. Being diabetic is also a risk factor.

Cranberry juice keeps UTI away.

Cranberry contains A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs) which can, in fact, combat this condition. Drinking the juice doesn’t guarantee that the active ingredient will make its way to the bladder, however. There’s also no telling how much PACs the juice contains and whether there is enough to have the desired effect. If the cranberry drink you purchased from the grocery is packed with a lot of sugar, it may even be bad for you. The best way to cure UTI is to see your family doctor follow his or her advice on which antibiotics to take.

If you’re not sexually active, you probably won’t get UTI.

Although it can develop after sexual intercourse, those who are not sexually active can still acquire an infection. Wiping from back to front, for instance, is also a very common cause of infection because it exposes the urinary system to E.Coli. Some families are also more prone to UTI than others.

Ignorance isn’t always bliss. The less you know about UTI, the more likely you are to put your health at risk, in fact. The best way to deal with any infection like UTI is to educate yourself and to seek medical attention to avoid exacerbation and fluid buildup.

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