So it all happened within a week that the sweaters were locked back into the closet to make space for the summer coolers in your cupboard. Bye bye pajamas! Welcome skirts and shorts!! But with this heat, comes an extra baggage of infection. Let us see why?
Urinary tract infections are notoriously famous to be one of the most common infections in summers. These infections occur when the bacteria enters into our urinary tract and goes higher up into the bladder. And this disease affects women four times more than men because of the shorter length of urinary tract in the former.
Dehydration is the biggest culprit to set stage for UTI, and this occurs frequently in summers. Due to decrease water content of the body, our body produces less urine which is unable to flush out any bacteria if present in the system. Also, despite providing much needed relief from the heat, swimming pools are a fertile ground for bacteria to grow. This happens because people fail to shower before using the pool and often urinate in the pool water.
TIPS TO AVOID UTI?
Simple measures can go a long way in keeping you safe.
- To begin with, drink plenty of water and fluids as it helps in flushing out infectious agents from our body.
- Do not hold pressure for long and urinate at least once every couple of hours. Holding in urine for long in the bladder increases chances of infection.
- Sexually active people should always pass urine after intercourse as it washes off any bacteria that may have entered the urinary tract during sex.
- Always ensure cleanliness and hygiene of your swimming pool.
- Always wipe your genital area from front to backwards, so that the bacteria from the perianal area are kept away from the urethral area.
- Have regular probiotics like curd and yoghurt as they help in fighting infections.