When bacteria cause an infection in the bladder, it results in a bladder infection. The bacteria enter the bladder through the urethra. Bacteria gets washed out when you pee, but sometimes it ties itself to the walls and multiplies rapidly-this disturbs the body process from killing them, which gives them the chance to cause an infection.
Some studies show that E.coli, a bacteria present in the large intestine, becomes the cause of bladder infection. The bacteria from the stool passes to the skin and then enters the urethra. Women are easily prone to bladder infection because their urethra is short, and the opening is near the anus, giving the bacteria a pathway to jump from the anus to the urethra.
If not bacteria, then yeast can also cause bladder infection in people with weak immune systems. It is a urinary tract infection and can arise suddenly or be recurring, i.e., a chronic infection. If you want to stop the infection from spreading and worsening, you should treat it as early as possible.
There are several symptoms of bladder infection which depend on how severe the condition is. But the main symptom is the change in urination. Pain or inflammation during urinating, blood in urine, frequency of the urination changing (you might be doing it too much or too little), foul odor of the urine, the urgency to urinate, pain in the abdomen and lower back with pressure.
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Advancing age, low fluid intake, urinary catheter, stiffness or paralysis, injuries or congenital disabilities in the urinary tract, and narrowed urethra are the factors of developing a bladder infection.
Along with these factors, certain factors like enlarged prostate, diabetes, pregnancy, weak immune system, surgeries concerning urinary tract, blockage in the bladder, and multiple sclerosis contribute to the bladder infection.
It is possible to treat bladder infections in various ways. Let’s have a look at them.
It is necessary to drink lots of fluids to flush out the bacteria from the bladder. Water is the primary source free of artificial things and caffeine. Potent cranberry juices and extracts are the best sources for lowering the number of bacteria.
It is also possible to prevent bladder infection with specific lifestyle changes. It would be best if you drank plenty of water daily to keep flushing out the bacteria. But it should be advised by your doctor based on your health. Consume cranberry juice regularly. Do not hold your urine and urinate as soon as you feel the need. Take showers and not baths. Do not wipe from your anus to your front after urinating if you’re a woman. Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting clothes, and urinating before and after sexual activity is necessary.
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