Urinary tract infections are among the most common types of infections. If you’ve never had a urinary tract infection, the symptoms include the following:
- A persistent need to urinate
- Pain or irritation while urinating
- Slight fever
Myths and Facts about Urinary Tract Infections
Persistent UTI’s are a Sign of Something More Severe
This is a myth for women but could hold some merit for men. Since UTIs are somewhat common in women, there is very little reason to worry if you have several that are close together. Urinary tract infections are much more rare in men, so even having one could be worth a visit to the doctor.
Cranberry Juice Can Prevent or Cure a UTI
True. Cranberries contain sulfuric acid which helps to keep bacteria from sticking to the wall of the bladder.
UTIs Won’t Go Away Without Treatment
Myth. In many cases, a UTI can go away on it’s own in women. However, it’s possible for the infection to spread, so to be safe seek treatment as quickly as possible.
Birth Control Can Raise Your Risk of Urinary Tract Infections
This is true only for birth control in diaphragm form. This type of birth control puts pressure on the urethra and can lead to increased risk of UTIs.
Sexual Activity Can Cause a UTI
This is increasingly true in women who are not used to having sex regularly.
Foods To Eat To Treat Urinary Tract Infections
- Yogurts with probiotics
- Garlic and Onions