Urinary Tract Infection – Symptoms and Treatments

Urinary Tract Infection

UTI is commonly caused by bacteria that also are present in the normal flora in and around body openings and in the digestive tract, as for example the bacterium Escherichia Coli. This bacteria is transferred from the hands, anal area, or skin of the genitals to the bladder through the urethra. Also called honeymoon cystitis, the condition also commonly occurs when bacteria is introduced to the urethra through foreplay or sexual intercourse.

Defects in the urinary system can make a person susceptible for UTI, like strictures or valve-like structures in the urethra and defects causing reflux from the bladder up through the ureters. Physical damages in the urinary tract can also make it more easy for bacteria to colonize and make infections.

Signs and Symptoms:

1. Burning sensation during urination
2. Shooting pain in the vaginal canal and/or pubic area
3. Frequent urination
4. Cloudy, blood-streaked, or strong-smelling urine
5. Pressure or pain in lower abdomen or back
6. Urge to urinate when the bladder is empty

Diagnosis:

UTI is diagnosed by a urine specimen. The specimen is analyzed for substances produces by the disease process, like nitrites, leukocytes or leukocyte esterase. One also performs urine culture to confirm the presence of the bacteria.

Complementary and Alternative Treatments:

Cranberry and blueberry can help against UTI by eliminating the bacteria causing UTI. These herbs can be taken as juice or as tea made from dried berries, and they are also found as concentrates in capsules.

Chiropractic

In cases of chronic cystitis, chiropractic adjustments may be beneficial. Once the nerve interference is corrected by proper alignment, healing can occur. Experts recommend that such chiropractic care be done in conjunction with conventional medical supervision, which may include medication.

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