There are many things that may cause UTIs including:
- E. Coli bacteria
- History of UTI
- Prolonged use of urinary catheters
- Urinary tract obstructions or blockages - including an enlarged prostate, kidney stones and certain forms of cancer
- A weakened immune system
Some simple lifestyle changes can help prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI) such as:
- Practice good hygiene
- Drink fluids
- Make sure you are emptying your bladder regularly
- Changing your birth control
- Changing your clothing - avoid tight-fitting clothing and switch to cotton underwear
It is important to treat a UTI - the sooner, the better. Contact your doctor or view the Need Care Now? section below.
Types of treatment
Several treatments can help you alleviate and manage your discomfort.
- If you are confirmed to have a UTI, your provider will prescribe antibiotics
- Increase your water intake
- Use heating pads
- Over-the-counter supplements. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting any supplements and ask if these could be a good choice for you
If you have been diagnosed with a UTI and your symptoms are worsening, call your doctor.
Seek immediate care if:
- You have a fever
- Are experiencing back pain
- Are vomiting