What is a urinary tract infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI or bladder infection) is an infection in any part of your urinary system.
The urinary system includes your kidneys (filtering organ), ureters ( tubes that run from kidney and empty into bladder), bladder (holding tank for urine) and urethra (final drainage tube through which urine leaves your body). Most infections involve the lower portion of the urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.
This website provides general educational information. It is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. We are not making a diagnosis of your condition or a recommendation about the course of treatment for your particular circumstances. You should never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of what you have read on this website.
Because the urethra and anus occupy real estate within inches of each other, it is very easy to transmit fecal bacteria from one area to another. With proper care & once daily CranCap, your next UTI may be avoidable."
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CranCap contains 36mg of powerful proanthocyanidins (PACs), which interfere with the ability of E coli bacteria to adhere to the cells that line the bladder wall. Instead of sticking to the bladder wall and causing an infection and pain, the bacteria are flushed out in the urine.
How can I prevent a urinary tract infection?
The urinary system is a sterile place, meaning bacteria is not meant to be there. An infection occurs when E. coli bacteria (found in feces) enters the urethra (the place where you urinate from) and travels up to the bladder. The bacteria begin to multiply in the bladder (where urine is stored) resulting in the telltale symptoms of an infection. Other bacteria besides E. coli can cause an infection, but E. coli is the culprit of UTI's 90% of the time. Because the urethra and the anus occupy real estate within inches of each other on a woman, it is very easy to transmit fecal bacteria from one area to another.
Here are some ways that you can prevent a urinary tract infection:
- Always wipe from front to back after using the restroom and practice good hand washing.
Wash bath towels in hot water after at least every third use to kill bacteria.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day!
If you have to urinate, don't hold it for a long period of time.
Always urinate after intercourse to flush out any bacteria that may have accidentally entered the urethra area.
Avoid excessive caffeinated beverages (coffee, tee, and sodas) which act as an irritant to the urinary system.
Do not use feminine deodorant sprays, douches or powders in the genital area, which can irritate the urethra.
Take CranCap once daily, and take it at approximately the same time every day.
Are certain people more at risk for developing urinary tract infections?
There are certain groups of people who are more at risk. You can change some of these risk factors, and some you can not change.
- 40 to 50% of women will have at least one UTI during their lifetime and 20 to 30% of those women will experience a recurrence. Why are women cursed yet again? Women have a shorter urethra (1.9 to 2 inches) as opposed to males (9 inches), which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder. This is clearly not avoidable.
- Sexual activity increases your UTI risk and having multiple sexual partners further escalates the risk. This is somewhat avoidable. urinate after intercourse to lower your risk.
- Menopause and pregnancy can both increase your UTI risk due to hormonal changes. Neither of these risk factors are avoidable.
- Enlarged prostates in men can increase UTI risk due to the obstruction of urine flow that it creates. See your urologist for information on how to best manage your enlarged prostate. This is an avoidable risk!
- Any disease that creates suppression of your immune system increases your UTI risk. See your doctor for management that decreases your risk. This is somewhat avoidable.
If you are born with any irregularity in the structure of your urinary tract system, you are more at risk. Regular follow up with a physician who specializes in these problems can minimize your risk and help modify this risk factor.
Diabetes increases your risk for all types of infections, including your urinary tract. Though we can’t cure the disease, it is manageable. By controlling blood sugar levels, you can decrease your risk of developing an infection. Take charge of your health and make healthy changes!
What if I don’t treat this infection? Can it be dangerous?
If you have symptoms of a UTI, or have been treated for a UTI and continue to have symptoms, you should see your doctor. When treated properly, an infection of the lower portion of the urinary tract rarely leads to long term complications. However if left untreated, a urinary tract infection can cause serious long term complications:
Permanent kidney damage can result from from an acute or chronic kidney infection.
Sepsis (a blood infection) can occur if the infection, which is initially localized in the urinary system, travels to the bloodstream. This is potentially a life threatening condition.
In pregnant women, an untreated UTI can result in premature birth and low birth weight babies.