The Urinary Problem
The urinary tract is the part of the body that deals with storing and removing urine from the body. It is quite common for people to get infections in this part of their body. A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when an infection, usually caused by bacteria, enters the urinary tract. If that infection is in the bladder, it is known as cystitis. Cystitis can also be caused by irritation, even without an infection.
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
UTIs are very common among women. They are due to germs (bacterial infection) in the bladder. A UTI causes:
- Lower tummy (abdominal) discomfort.
- A soreness or burning sensation when you pee (urinate).
- A feeling you need to pee more often.
- A feeling that you need to pee urgently.
- The urine may look cloudy or have blood in it.
If you have urinary problems, you can help ease the symptoms.
- Drink more water than usual, to help flush urine through, unless you have a medical condition which means this is not possible.
- If you are in pain, get advice on which pain relief medicines you can take. Talk to your pharmacist.
- You may be able to take medicines called urinary alkalinisers. These relieve the pain and burning of cystitis and are available from pharmacies without prescription. They are not antibiotics, but work by neutralising the acid in the urine that causes the pain. But they are not suitable for everyone, so check with gyneac.