How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

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How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urethra; women are especially prone to this painful condition

Take these steps to help prevent one You will need Cranberry juice Fresh water Cotton panties and cranberry supplements (optional) (optional) (optional) Step 1 Add cranberry juice to your daily or weekly diet Cranberry may cut the risk of urinary tract infections

You can also take cranberry supplements in capsule form Step 2 Drink plenty of water to flush out the urinary tract Step 3 Skip the tub and use the shower instead

Bacteria can easily enter the urethra in a hot bath Step 4 Avoid feminine hygiene sprays and douches They can irritate the urethra and increase the risk of an infection Step 5

When using the toilet, wipe from front to back Step 6 Wear cotton underwear Cotton allows your skin to breathe, which helps prevent bacteria from accumulating around the urinary tract Step 7

Urinate following sexual intercourse Bacteria can enter the urethra during intercourse; going to the bathroom immediately after sex helps flush out bacteria Step 8 If you experience UTI symptoms, such as a frequent urge to urinate and a painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination, see your doctor Did you know Urinary tract infections account for about 8

3 million doctor visits each year