How to CURE urinary tract infection? (UTI) - Doctor explains

hey there welcome back to how to

medicate and welcome to this new video

on how to treat a urinary tract


a uti this video is part of a video

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for those of you are meeting for the

first time my name is raoul i'm a

medical doctor from the netherlands and

i'm making weekly medical videos to

educate myself

as well as you my viewer because i

believe that medically educated people

make healthier decisions which is the

whole point of this channel

this video also comes with a quick

disclaimer it's been purely informative

this is not medical advice and if you're

looking for medical advice

always contact your own doctor and now

quickly let's get started

so in this video we will cover how to

treat a urinary tract infection

but before we do so i thought it would

be important to exactly explain what a

urinary tract infection is

a urinary tract infection typically

starts when bacteria enter your urinary


usually through your urethra which is

the tube through which you pee

in there they begin to multiply most

commonly in your bladder

this is also called a bladder infection

or a cystitis

when it affects the upper urinary tract

it's called a kidney infection or a


these infections are an 80 to 85 percent

of all cases

caused by the e coli bacteria of your

gut and five to ten percent of all cases

are caused by the staphylococcus

safranicus and rarely urinary tract

infections are caused

due to viral or fungal infections in

addition there are several risk factors

which can increase your risk for

developing a urinary tract infection

most commonly is sexual intercourse in

young sexually active women

about 75 to 90 percent of all cases of

bladder infection

are caused by sexual intercourse and

this increased risk due to

sexual intercourse is not seen on

postmenopausal women

the second risk factor is female anatomy

as the urethra is much shorter than a


and closer to the anus this will make it

more likely for e coli bacteria from

your gut to enter your urethra

the next risk factor is menopause as

estrogen levels in women decrease over


this will also lead to a decreased

vaginal flora

which in time increases your risk for

developing urinary tract infection

other risk factors are obesity family


blockage in your urinary tract like

kidney stones or an enlarged prostate

an impaired immune system diabetes the

usage of a catheter

or recent surgery in your urinary tract

and depending on the type of urinary

tract infection

your symptoms might differ when dealing

with a lower urinary tract infection

you might experience discharge a burning

sensation when peeing

frequent peeing blood in your urine

pelvic pressure

and pain in your lower belly and if

you're having an upper urinary tract

infection you might experience

upper back and flank pain a high fever

shaking and chills nausea and vomiting

lastly in young healthy women a urinary

tract infection

might be diagnosed on symptoms alone

however if you're older

if you have frequent urinary tract

infections or if you're a man

you should always contact your doctor in

complicated crisis

a urine culture might be useful in the

diagnostic process

which brings us to the only question you

wanted to have answered anyways

how to treat a urinary tract infection

which brings us to the first

tip drink a lot of liquids especially

water it's recommended to drink

six to eight glasses a day drinking

water helps to dilute your urine and

ensures you urinate frequently

flushing the bacteria out of your

urethra before an infection begins

the second tip is drinking cranberry

juice there is a lot of research done

to see if cranberry juice prevents you

from actually developing a urinary tract


and the medical evidence is inconclusive


some studies show it indeed helps then


from the front to the back doing so

prevents spreading from bacteria from

your anus to the vagina or uretra

other common tips are be right after

sexual intercourse

avoid using irritating feminine products

take showers instead of bots

wear a cotton underwear and change your

underwear daily

and if you still can get rid of your

urinary tract infection

after all these tips it would be time to

visit your doctor for medical


and if indeed your doctor shows that you

are dealing with a urinary tract


he might start any of the following

treatments a simple urinary tract

infection can be treated with one of the

following antibiotics nitrofurantoin

cephalic syn cephtric sun tree metal


or phosphormicin in addition your doctor

might prescribe you painkillers to lower

any back pain you might experience

abdominal cramps or any other

discomforts and if you are frequently

dealing with a urinary tract infection

your doctor might recommend you to take

a low dose of antibiotics for six months

a single dose of antibiotics after

sexual intercourse

or start with estrogen therapy and

postmenopausal women

and i hope you learned now how to treat

a urinary tract infection but if you

have any questions

let me know in the comment section and

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