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Urinary tract infections are the most common health problem among women. Infection occurs when a micro-organism invades the bladder or the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder and out of the body. The result is burning or pain during urination, the urge to urinate frequently, lower back pain and sometimes blood in the urine. Though they’re much more common in women, men can also develop urinary tract infections—especially those over age 50, who may have enlarged prostates. Proper hygiene and drinking lots of fluids are both essential for preventing urinary tract infections.

In most cases, bacteria first begin growing in the urethra. An infection limited to the urethra is called urethritis. From there bacteria often move on to the bladder, causing a bladder infection (cystitis). If the infection is not treated promptly, bacteria may then go up the ureters to infect the kidneys. The most common bacterial culprit is Escherichia coli (E. coli). Although they are normal inhabitants of the colon, they can gain entry into the bladder and multiply. These bacteria are responsible for over 80 % of UTIs in adults. UTIs are more common in women which may be because the urethra is shorter and closer to the anus, giving E. coli bacteria easier access.

Besides E. coli, the bacteria staphylococcus saphrophyticus is responsible for up to 20 % of urinary tract infections in sexually active women. Other microorganisms called chlamydia trachomatis and mycoplasma hominis can be sexually transmitted, and infections require treatment of both partners.

Risk factors

  • Poor hygiene

  • Sexual intercourse

  • Menopause - lower estrogen levels cause thinning of the urinary tract

  • Urinary catheterization

  • Suppressed immune system - e.g. diabetes

  • Kidney stones - obstructs flow of urine

  • Any condition that prevents complete bladder emptying

  • Use of diaphragm as birth control.

How are UTIs diagnosed?


Assessment usually begins by collecting a mid-stream urine sample. It involves cleaning the area around the urethral opening, beginning urination, and then collecting urine only from the middle of the stream. This urine sample is then analyzed for the level of bacteria-killing white blood cells (leukocytes). An abnormally high number of leukocytes in the urine may mean there is a UTI. A culture and sensitivity may be performed to determine the type of bacteria that's causing the problem so to specifically target the specific bacteria.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptoms are:

  • frequent urge to urinate

  • burning, painful feeling during urination

  • pass a small amount of urine

  • Fatigue

  • Urine may look cloudy, milky or even reddish

If these symptoms are present, the infection may have reached the kidneys and a doctor should be consulted:

  • constant pain or pressure in the abdomen, side, or low back

  • fever

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • chills

Natural Treatments for a UTI

 

Renoxyl, which contains a range of beneficial herbs for the urinary tract supports optimal kidney function and helps with the regulation of water and electrolyte losses, and peripheral circulation. Because the kidneys are a vital part of the body’s detoxification system, improved function may have wide-ranging benefits. Some of the major herbs include buchu and cornsilk.

 

Uroplex, a formula developed by Professor Zhou Jie Ming, who is a traditional Chinese medical expert and a 14th generation Chinese herbalist developed the product based on an existing traditional folk herbal formula which has been used for more than 50 years. According to pharmaceutical studies, Uroplex has broad spectrum antibiotic activities, obvious antibacterial action, is anti-inflammatory, helps to reduce swelling, and is diuretic and analgesic. It increases the body’s defensive mechanism, and protects against free radicals. The product has won outstanding technical and medical prizes in China. It is a nationally protected product, with a national registration number, which is the highest standard in Chinese medicine registration in the Peoples Republic of China.

 

If you are interested in using Uroplex  call our office on 02 47349010 (Australia).

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