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Teamwork–working together towards a common goal. In defense against UTIs, I’m on your team! And I’ve got two MVP’s I want you to meet–Methenamine and Sodium Salicylate. Unusual names, sure – but together they pack a one-two punch that’s critical in helping you manage your UTI.
Urinary Tract Infections: What Kind of Bacteria Causes a UTI? How Does It Develop?
UTI stands for urinary tract infection. Your urinary tract includes the kidneys, the ureters (the tubes that connect your kidneys to your bladder), the bladder, and the urethra (through which urine passes out of your body). A urinary tract infection can start anywhere along this route, but most UTIs start from a bacterial infection that travels up the urethra—from the outside in.1
What kind of bacteria? Take your pick. Escherichia coli, or E. coli, is likely responsible for about 85 percent of all UTIs. But it’s not the only game in town. Nor is it the only one with a long name: Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumonia are other possibilities.2 Consider them players on the opposing team—in a game you don’t want to lose.
Men and women can both get a UTI, but women are more prone to them as a result of several basic factors like a shorter distance from the anus to the opening of the urethra, a shorter urethra in itself, and the mucosal tissue surrounding the entrance to the urethra. Sexual intercourse and improper wiping are the most common causes of a UTI in women.3
Which means, of course, that the first line of defense in preventing a UTI is urinating before and after sex, which helps to flush bacteria out of the urethra, showering before sex (both you and your partner), which helps limit the amount of bacteria introduced in the first place and taking care to always wipe front to back after using the bathroom. 4
Urinary Tract Infections: Why Is It Important to Slow Down The Infection?
Sometimes the first line of defense just isn’t enough. Now you’ve got an infection. And as the infection grows, it spreads. To the bladder, maybe the ureters and maybe even the kidneys. And at every point along the way more damage can occur. The first symptom of UTI is pain when you pee, or a frequent urge to pee (even if you don’t really need to or even if you just went).5
As the infection grows, however, you may find blood in your urine; and each day it spreads untreated, you risk greater abdominal pain, fever, chills, sweats, permanent scarring to the kidneys and blood poisoning (septicemia). Left untreated long enough, a kidney infection can even be life-threatening.6
So of course, the most important thing to do if you suspect a UTI is to visit your doctor as soon as possible. They may prescribe testing or a course of antibiotics which can easily knock out the infection. But an immediate appointment isn’t always possible. And until that time, there’s a lot you can to do to control the UTI.
Urinary Tract Infections: Controlling The UTI When It Starts
Feel that UTI coming on? Be sure to stay hydrated—the more you can flush your system, the better. And consider using AZO Urinary Tract Defense® with Methenamine, a powerful antibacterial agent that slows bacterial growth, and Sodium Salicylate, a pain reliever to help you deal with the symptoms.7