Q. I often suffer urinary tract infections and have to take antibiotics. What can I do to avoid both?
A. It’s most likely that each recurrence is a new infection, so adopting new habits may stave off future UTIs.
- Empty your bladder after intercourse. Some women get “honeymoon cystitis,” a urethral irritation associated with sex. Urinating afterward can help flush out bacteria.
- Drink a lot of water. Six to eight glasses a day will help rinse your system clean.
Take cranberry tablets with vitamin C, which will acidify your urine. This helps keep bacteria away. Cranberry juice is also effective.
- Wipe from front to back when you go the bathroom. A majority of UTIs are caused when the bacteria in feces enters the urethra.
See a urologist if UTIs persist. When the origin of your infections can’t be determined and home remedies don’t work, a low dose of antibiotics may have to be prescribed as a preventive measure. In addition, frequent or persistent UTI’s can be a sign of bladder problems that may require further evaluation (such as having a chronic kidney stone).
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