Urinary Tract Infection

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Prevention

Prevention of a UTI centers on keeping the urine moving through the urinary tract and avoiding bacterial contamination of the urethra. Recommendations include:

  • Drink plenty of water every day to flush out the urinary system.
  • Urinate as needed; don't hold urine in for extended periods of time.
  • After a bowel movement, wipe from front to back to keep stool bacteria away from the urethra.
  • Avoid irritants to the urethra – avoid bubble baths if prone to recurrent UTIs, take showers instead of baths, and rinse soap off thoroughly.
  • Urinate after sexual intercourse; this may help rinse out any bacteria that may have come in contact with the urethra.
  • Avoid tight clothing and wear cotton underwear; it breathes and won't trap moisture like some synthetic fibers.
  • Drink cranberry juice – some doctors recommend this to their patients; it may help prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urethra.

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