Urinary tract infection is the most common type of infection. The urinary tract is divided into two parts- upper urinary tract and the lower urinary tract. The upper urinary tract includes a pair of kidneys and a pair of ureters and the lower urinary tract includes the bladder and the urethra. Among all the urinary tract the lower urinary tract infection is most common.
Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men. The urethra is located close to the anus. Due to that microorganism easily enter from the anus to urethra. From here the microorganisms travel up to the bladder and the kidneys and create the infection which is not controlled by defense mechanism. Majority of UTI’s are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), Chlamydia and Mycoplasma. Let’s know more about Urinary Tract Infection Treatment in homeopathy, Causes, Diagnosis and Symptoms.
Causes of urinary tract infections:
- Anyone can get a urinary tract infection, but urine infection in women is more common because of the shorter urethra. Many women can experience this type of infection minimum ones in her life.
- Older adults due to inability to void the bladder completely as in BHP.
- Urinary tract infection in pregnancy is also common.
- Decreased thirst also causes it.
- Persons who having multiple sex partners are also at the high risk.
- UTI is more common in diabetic patient due to lower immunity of the body.
- Poor personal hygiene is also a cause of urinary tract infection.
- People who can’t urinate on their own due to some medical reasons and uses urinary catheter are also at high risk.
- kidney stones or an enlarged prostate can block the urine in the bladder and increases the risk.
- Uses of some forms of contraception like diaphragms may cause it.
- Congenital urinary track abnormalities can cause urinary tract infection in babies.
- Holding the urine even the urge comes is also a reason.
- Heavy use of antibiotics can cause it.
Types of urinary tract infection
Type of the urinary tract infection is depended on the involvement of the part of urinary tract-
- Cystitis for urinary bladder infection
- Urethritis for infection of the urethra
- Pyelonephritis for kidney infection.
- Ureters are very rarely infected
Symptoms of the urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infections don’t cause signs and symptoms always, but if it causes, they may include:
- A strong and continue urge to urinate
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Small quantity of urine with increased urge
- Urine may be cloudy
- Urinary tract infection bloody due to infection cause by renal stones
- Strong-smelling urine
- Lower abdominal and back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Fatigue and weakness
- Fever and chill
- Mental changes or confusion
Urine infection during pregnancy
Urine infection while pregnancy is most common. While pregnancy due to changes in hormones the pregnant women more likely get infection. While pregnancy growing uterus causes pressure on the bladder. Due to which the pregnant woman can’t urinate whole urine. Leftover urine can be a source of infection.
Side effects of urine infection
Urinary tract infections are rarely cause any complications. But if it will be left untreated it can cause serious complications. Complications of a urine infection may include:
- Recurrent infections, especially in women.
- Urethral stricture in men from recurrent urethritis
- Sepsis of urinary tract may occur
- Permanent kidney damage can happen due to an untreated UTI.
- Delivery of low birth weight or premature infants in pregnant women having UTI.
How to prevent urinary tract infection –
By following these steps anyone can reduce the risk of urinary tract infections-
- Drink plenty of liquids because it helps in flush out the bacteria from urinary tract.
- Wipe from front to back. Doing it after urinating and after a bowel movement prevents spread of bacteria to the vagina and urethra.
- Urinate soon after intercourse
- Avoid potentially irritating feminine products these can irritate the urethra.
- Avoid coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks. They can irritate bladder.
- Don’t hold urine.
- Cleanse area before and after sex.
- Always wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes.
Diagnosis for Urinary Tract Infection
Tests and procedures used to diagnose urinary tract infections include:
- Analyzing a urine sample in lab helps to find out white blood cells, red blood cells or bacteria.
- Urine culture helps to find out the causing bacteria.
- An ultrasound, a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) helps to find out the underlying abnormality in the urinary tract.
Urinary tract infection treatment in homeopathy
Homeopathic medicine for urine infection gives the best result in urinary tract infections treatment and bladder weakness without causing any side effects. Homeopathic medicines with right lifestyle changes gives fully cure in urine infections. An appropriate homeopathic medicine helps to cure urinary tract infection with removal of the tendency of reoccurrence. For this we take a detailed case history of the patient including his mental symptoms, physical symptoms, associated complaints (if any). It enhances the body’s self-healing mechanism and prevent the reoccurrence of UTI. Because homeopathy offers a holistic way of treatment. Homeopathic medicines foe E.coli infection in urine also provides permanent cure.
There are so many medicines for urine infection in homeopathy. But proper selection of medicine is mandatory. So always consult a homeopathic physician online or at best homeopathy clinic before taking homeopathic treatment for urine infection. Below we have shared few medicines that are being used into it, but it’s all depend on situations and vary as per the patient.
Arnica is useful for cystitis in cases of urinary problems following childbirth.
Sepia is immensely useful for recurrent urinary tract infections in which intercourse may be painful.
There is a lot of fear and this may lead to retention of urine.
This remedy is helpful in those cases where thirst is poor and urine infection occurs.
There is constant urge to urinate with chilliness and ineffectual urging.