Why do I get Recurrent Urinary tract infections?
Do you suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections? Ever wondered why? Let’s have a look at the common causes of recurrent urinary tract infections:
Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus:
Individuals with severe or uncontrolled diabetes for a longer duration are more susceptible as compared to individuals with controlled diabetes. Raised sugar levels in the urine and blood lowers immune responses and favours the growth of bacteria. This predisposes a person to get frequent infections.
Diabetes also affects our nerves, causes weakening of nervous reflexes and leads to incomplete emptying of bladder. The resultant residual urine which remains unexpelled can get infected becoming a source of infection in diabetics.
An adverse effect of diabetes on kidneys also increases the risk of UTI.
Enlarged prostate causing recurrent UTI:
Enlargement of prostate, also called as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is a common accompaniment of ageing. This enlarged prostate presses upon the urinary system – the bladder and the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder. As a result of the continuous pressure, the bladder walls become weak causing incomplete emptying and subsequent recurrent urinary tract infections.
Stones in the kidney, bladder or urinary pathway:
Bigger urinary stones present in kidneys, bladder or along the urinary pathway, may obstruct the flow of urine causing urine to collect and bacteria to thrive.
Structural abnormalities present since birth:
If a child is getting frequent urinary tract infections, certain abnormalities of kidneys or bladder or urinary tract that are present since birth may be suspected.
Vesico – ureteral reflux (VUR):
VUR is a reverse flow of urine from bladder to kidneys via a tube connecting the two. This causes bacteria from the bladder to easily reach the kidney and is a significant cause of recurrent urinary infections in kids.
Neurogenic bladder as a cause of frequent urinary infection:
This is a condition in which injury to spine or brain centers, or diseases of nervous system like stroke, multiple sclerosis affects the nerve supply to the bladder affecting voiding of urine. This leads to residual urine in the bladder and infections.
Prolonged indwelling catheter: Some patients may need to have catheters inserted into their bladders. This catheter itself can become a source of infection. Hence patients should regularly replace their catheters.
Immuno-compromised individuals: Individuals suffering with AIDS can also get urinary tract infections frequently due to weak immune responses of body.
Incidence of urinary tract infections is more in women than men.
Causes of recurrent urinary tract infections in women are:
- Sexual intercourse after long time: During sexual intercourse bacteria from genital region, and anus can easily enter into female urinary system. Women are also prone to get urinary tract infection after first intercourse (honeymoon cystitis),after frequent intercourse and intercourse after a long gap.
- Use of diaphragm as a birth control device: The diaphragm presses down on and narrows the urinary passage. This results in incomplete bladder emptying and recurrent urinary tract infections
- Recurrent urinary tract infection in post menopausal women: The female hormone estrogen maintains an acidic pH of the female genital region which prevents rampant growth of germs. This protection is lowered after this hormone is lowered as part of menopausal hormonal changes.
While conventional medicines will help take care of the infection, homoeopathic treatment for recurrent UTI offers great hope. Homoeopathic medicines reduce the frequency of attacks and help build up your immunity against the bacteria. Contact us today to know how homoeopathic treatment for UTI at LifeForce can help you. You may use the form below to get in touch with us. Alternately you could reach us at via a phone call on + 91-22-66-888888, or visit us at http://www.askdrshah.com/app/migraine/ or email us at email@example.com
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