A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system.
UTI is caused when bacteria gets into your urine and travels up to your bladder. UTIs cause more than 8.1 million visits to health care providers each year. About 12% of men and 60% of women will have at least one UTI during their lifetime. Anyone can get a UTI, but it is most common in women. A UTI is not to be confused with yeast infection. UTI is a bacteria infection, yeast infection is a fungal infection.
UTI Symptoms and UTI Treatment
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A UTI, urinary tract infection is an infection from microbes composed of Bacteria, Fungi, or Viruses. These are organisms that are too small to be seen without a microscope. Most UTIs are caused by bacteria, but some are caused by fungi and in rare cases by viruses.
UTIs are among the most common infections in humans. The two strains of bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus saprophyticus account for about 80% of cases.
A UTI can happen anywhere in your urinary tract. Your urinary tract is made up of your urethra, ureters, kidneys, and bladder. Most UTIs only involve the bladder and urethra, in the lower tract. However, UTIs can involve the ureters and kidneys, in the upper tract. Although upper tract UTIs are more rare than lower tract UTIs, they’re also usually more severe. Lower tract UTIs are more common than upper tract infections.
UTIs may be mistaken or overlooked as other conditions in older adults.
Types of UTIs
An infection can happen in different parts of your urinary tract. Each type has a different name, based on where it is.
Lower urinary tract:
• Urethritis (urethra): This can cause a discharge and burning when you urinate.
• Cystitis (bladder): You might feel like you need to urinate a lot, or it might hurt when you do. You might also have lower abdomen discomfort (belly pain) and cloudy or bloody urine. Pelvic pressure.
Upper urinary tract:
• Pyelonephritis (kidneys & Ureters): This can cause fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and pain in your upper back or side.
Symptoms of a UTI depend on what part of the urinary tract is infected (upper or lower urinary tract). Urinary tract infections don’t always have symptoms or cause signs, but when they do appear they may include these Symptoms of UTI:
One of the most identifiable symptoms of a UTI is an urgent and frequent need to urinate.
You may feel like you need to urinate all the time, even after you just went. Other UTI symptoms include:
• soreness, pressure, or cramps in your lower belly, back, or sides,
• burning or pain when you urinate,
• increased frequency of urination without passing much urine,
• smelly, dark or cloudy urine,
• urine with strong odor,
• blood in your urine,
• feeling shaky or tired,
• chills or fever (a sign that the infection may have reached your kidneys),
• urine that looks like tea or cola,
• pelvic pain in women,
• rectal pain in men.
Lower tract UTI Symptoms affect the bladder and urethra. Symptoms of UTI, lower tract include:
• increased frequency of urination while passing small amounts of urine,
• burning with urination,
• increased urgency of urination,
• sign of blood in urine, pink or red urine,
• urine color like tea or cola,
• cloudy urine,
• urine may have a strong odor,
• rectal pain in men,
• pelvic pain in women.
Upper tract UTI Symptoms affect the kidneys, and is called urosepsis. If bacteria move from the infected kidney into the blood, this can cause shock, dangerously low blood pressure, even death.
Symptoms of UTI, upper tract include:
• feeling tired,
• high fever,
• chills or shaking,
• pain and tenderness in the upper back and sides,
Kidney infections are serious and need to be treated immediately. If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away. •
UTI Sexual Intercourse,
Sex may initiate a UTI in women, by moving bacteria from near the anal area to the opening of the urethra. Cleaning the genital area before sex and by urinating after sex can lower the risk of initial infection of UTI.
Sexual intercourse should be avoided if you have a UTI (urinary tract infection). Sexual intercourse can, cause extreme discomfort, pain, irritation, and compound the condition by spreading the UTI bacteria to other areas of the body. UTIs are not sexually transmitted diseases.
Treatment of UTIs will depend on the cause. Your doctor will be able to isolate the organism that is causing your infection from the test results and determine a treatment.
In most cases, the cause is bacteria. UTIs caused by bacteria are treated with antibiotics.
In other cases, UTIs that are caused by fungi are treated by medications called antifungals.
In rare cases, UTIs caused by viruses are treated with an antiviral medicine.
Pads and tampons that are not changed regularly enough can promote bacterial growth and increase your chance of getting a UTI.
Over the past 100 years, bacteria have developed resistance to antibiotics. Bacteria were controlled with a natural antibiotic call colloidal silver, a prescription, prior to the discovery of penicillin.
The modern use of penicillin included, incomplete use, partial use and over-use by the patient and some doctors. As a result, bacteria developed a resistance to penicillin, so it no longer worked as well and not at all in some cases. The biggest tragedy is that this excessive use, of penicillin, actually helped to develop SUPERBUGS that are totally resistant to all man created antibiotics. These superbugs are running rampant worldwide. Some are called pandemics,others are called by acronyms like Staph, MRSA, ebola, EEE, swine flu etc.
Colloidal Silver UTI
Prior to penicillin, colloidal silver was the natural antibiotic for UTI (urinary tract infection). Colloidal silver* was made an
over-the-counter, OTC, supplement without prescription when penicillin was discovered in 1928. According to laboratory and University** testing, Colloidal silver still works today because bacteria are killed with colloidal silver and they do not survive long enough to mutate when suggested use is followed.***
* Numerous medical studies and BYU University, 2000, conducted Colloidal Silver Clinical Trials: Colloidal Silver in vitro killed almost all bacteria, virus and molds, 650 pathogens, superbugs, in vitro, within 4 minutes. Colloidal Silver Use, as first reported, June 6 2006, “Fighting Bacteria has a Silver Lining”
** See bibliography below.
*** Colloidal silver still works today:
For the military, (antimicrobial socks, underwear, stocking caps and gloves that kills bacteria on contact.)
For plastic food storage container business, Sharper Image®, to preserve food longer.
In hospitals, for bandages, sheets and linens, burn victims and in infants’ eyes to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, and cleaning to prevent the rampant spread of MRSA and STAPH.
In refrigerators and new laundry washing machines by Samsung® Electronics to prevent bacteria buildup.
Curad® Bandages introduced: Curad® Silver bandages and are suggested for first aid to help minor cuts, scrapes, abrasions, lacerations, and scalds. Curad® Silver bandage is an adhesive bandage similar to Band-Aid® with silver added for an antibacterial effect.
Home remedies UTI Treatment
Home remedy UTI Treatment usually conjure up the solution of cranberry juice. You may be able to reduce your risk of getting a UTI by drinking unsweetened cranberry juice, as it contains an ingredient that stops bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. However, cranberry is not a successful treatment for UTI.
Dealing with an existing UTI includes:
• Drinking cranberry juice,
• Drinking 8 oz of water as often as you can to flush harmful bacteria from the urinary tract,
• Use the bathroom to urinate as often as you have the urge. Do not hold or retain your urine as this allows bacteria to multiply in your urinary tract,
• Take probiotics to promote healthy digestion and immune system,
• Increase your intake of Vitamin C to strengthen your immune system and to prevent infection.
- Oregano oil is always mentioned as a natural antibiotic, but should be diluted with olive or coconut oil, contact your health professional before using.
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