Urinary tract infections: causes, symptoms and natural remedies

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Urinary tract infections are usually linked to the presence of pathogens in the urine. There are infections that can affect the lower urinary tract, such as cystitis, urethritis and prostatitis, or the upper urinary tract, with pyelonegritis and cirtopyelitis (rarer).

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Le urinary tract infections they are usually linked to the presence of pathogens in the urine. There are infections that can affect the lower urinary tract, such as cystitis, urethritis and prostatitis, or the upper urinary tract, with pyelonegritis and cirtopyelitis (rarer).

They can hit both men and women. Some urinary tract infections can be acute but also present in a chronic form, such as cystitis. Urinary tract infections can lead to complications for people with anatomical changes in the urinary tract, with kidney failure, diabetes or other problems that already affect the urinary system, according to experts. female urology and urinary tract infections.

As the Ministry of Health, urinary tract infections stand out in:

Lower urinary tract infections: urethritis regarding the urethra e cystitis as regards the bladder: these are the less severe and often easily resolved forms.

Upper urinary tract infections: affect ureters and kidneys; they are called pyelonephritis and nephritis when they involve the kidneys. These are infections that can worsen and risk compromising the kidneys, so it is essential to intervene immediately.

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Causes of urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections can be caused by bacteria that migrate through the urethra or from bacteria present inside the organism, usually in the intestine, as a matter of contiguity. Urinary tract infections are much more common in women than in men, since the shortness of the female urethra facilitates the upwelling of germs.

Among the pathogens capable of causing urinary tract infections we find Escherichia Coli e Staphylococcus saprophyticus, together with other bacteria that live in the intestinal environment. Among the causes of urinary infections we also find the constipation, due to the permanence of the stool in the rectal area, anatomical factors that obstruct the normal urinary flow, but also prostatic hypertrophy, in this case for the man.



Other causes concern genetic predispositions and pathologies associated with this type of infections, among which we find not only the aforementioned diabetes Anchor me uterine or bladder prolapse, the presence of catheters and the use of contraceptives such as the diaphragm that can alter the vaginal flora.

UTIs in women can start in the vagina, and prolapse of the anterior vaginal wall can promote infections. In man the prostate infections they can be associated with urinary tract infections and with the presence of pathogens in the urine.

Finally, we must not underestimate the habits related to the moment of urinating. Those who hold their pee for too long, those who do not empty their bladder completely in a hurry or urinate in incorrect positions may have problems with urinary tract infections. Attention also to too aggressive detergents for intimate hygiene that can alter the vaginal flora.

Symptoms of urinary tract infections

There are different types of urinary tract infections, which can affect men or women, but some common symptoms can be represented by: increased frequency of urinationpain in the pubic area pain and burning when urinating, feeling that you have not completely emptied your bladder, chills, fever, blood in your urine. The Ministry of Health among the symptoms of urinary tract infections also indicates pain in the pelvis and lumbar. In the presence of such symptoms and in case of doubt, the advice is to consult your doctor.

Natural remedies for urinary tract infections

Natural remedies related to urinary tract infections address milder and more common problems, such as in the case of cystitis. Those who choose to treat themselves with natural remedies must contact an expert on the subject, asking, for example, suggestions from their trusted herbalist, as well as from the doctor. The following indications are simple tips and they do not replace the advice of doctors and experts.



1) Phytotherapy

Among the suggestions for urinary tract infections such as cystitis, herbal medicine indicates to take 50 drops of Uva ursi TM (mother tincture) in a large glass of water upon awakening and 50 drops of Calluna vulgaris TM in a large glass of water before lunch (See "Simple and natural remedies", Giunti Demetra, 2009)

2) Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is suggested in case of urinary tract infections in the form of foot baths with hot water, at an increasing temperature from 33 to 40 ° C for a total time of 15-20 minutes. It is a remedy used to decongest the pelvic, genital and urinary organs.

3) Essential oils

Among the essential oils recommended for cystitis and other urinary infections we find lessential oil of sandalwood andsavory essential oil. The French pharmacist Denièle Festy in “My Bible of essential oils” (Edizioni Sonda, 2013) suggests applying 2 drops of sandalwood essential oil on the lower abdomen 3-5 times a day for 5 days.

4) Grandma's remedies

One of the most popular grandmother's remedies to apply in case of cystitis and small urinary tract infections involves the preparation of a infusion of dried mallow or of an decoction of fresh mallow to drink when needed, when you feel burning in the urinary tract and frequent urge to urinate. You can buy dried mallow at a herbalist's shop, where you can ask for more information on the preparation and intake of the herbal tea.

5) Herbal medicine

At the herbalist's shop you can ask for more information about natural remedies for urinary tract infections based on American cranberry, Also known as Cranberry. American cranberry extracts are used, for example, for the preparation of tablets based on natural ingredients useful to be taken in case of cystitis and small urinary tract infections.

You know other natural remedies for urinary tract infections?

Marta Albè

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