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.

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How do I know if I have a UTI?

Because of the proximity of the vaginal opening to the urethra, Symptoms of UTI’s versus vaginal infections can get intertwined. Accurate diagnosis and differentiation of the 2 different infection types are important because treatment is different. Are you suffering from any of the following? Then it’s time to see your healthcare provider..

  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Passing only minimal amounts of urine or urinating frequently
  • Strong-smelling or cloudy urine
  • Red or pink-tinged or cola colored urine, which indicates blood is present
  • Pain in the upper back and sides
  • Fever and chills & nausea in severe cases
  • Confusion especially noted in elderly population

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 & CranCap your next UTI may be avoidable.

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Can I prevent a urinary tract infection from happening again?

The urinary system is a sterile place meaning no bacteria are meant to occupy any portion of it. An infection occurs when bacteria enters the urethra and travels to the bladder. Here the bacteria begin to multiply resulting in the telltale symptoms of an infection. The urinary system is a well designed system meant to keep out such invaders. However these defense may fail and bacteria may enter and grow into a full-blown infection in the urinary tract. The most common bacteria found to cause UTI's is Escherichia coli (E. coli). Other bacteria can cause an infection but E. coli is the culprit about 90 percent of the time. Because the urethra and the anus occupy real estate within inches of each other, it is very easy to transmit fecal bacteria from one area to another.

  • Always wipe from front to back after using the restroom and practice good handwashing.
  • Properly launder bath towels in hot water to kill bacteria that may be breeding.

  • Ensure that you are properly hydrated.

  • Don’t hold urine for an excessive period of time.

  • Urinate after intercourse.

  • Avoid excessive intake of caffeinated beverages which act as an irritant to the urinary system.

  • Using feminine deodorant sprays, douches and powder in the genital area can irritate the urethra.These should be avoided.

  • Use CranCap on a daily basis and take it at approximately the same time daily.

So how often do I take CranCap?

For those who struggle with them, UTI prevention can be achieved simply by taking CranCap once daily. Click here to learn more about CranCap.

Are certain people more at risk for developing urinary tract infections?

There are certain groups of people who are more at risk. Some of these risk factors are modifiable and some are not ?.

  • 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? We have a shorter urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder. This is clearly not modifiable. ?
  • Sexual activity increases your UTI risk and having multiple sexual partners further escalates the risk. This is somewhat modifiable...urinate after intercourse to lower risk. ?
  • Menopause and pregnancy can both increase your UTI risk due to hormonal changes. Neither of these risk factors are modifiable.
  • Enlarged prostates in men can increase UTI risk due to the obstruction of flow that it creates. See you urologist for information on how to best manage your prostate enlargement. This is modifiable!
  • 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 modifiable
  • 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 infections, including your urinary tract. Though we can’t cure the disease, it is able to be managed. By controlling blood sugar levels, you can decrease your risk of developing an infection. Take charge and modify!

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 or 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 infants.

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