You’ve got a bit of bladder discomfort and it feels nippy when you pee. You might be wondering if you’re suffering from a bladder infection. As the name suggests, this is a condition where bacteria, viruses or yeast infect your bladder.
How do you get a bladder infection?
The bladder is responsible for storing and releasing urine from your body. During urination, your body removes bacteria.
However, bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) can access your urinary system through your urethra. Once it finds its way in, if the conditions are right, it attaches to the surrounding walls and multiplies. If your immune system can’t tackle it, you are likely to get an aching bladder and burning sensations when you pee. This is normal when you get a urinary tract infection E. coli is the most common culprit, but Staphylococcal (staph), Enterococcus, Klebsiella and Proteus can be responsible too.
Any overgrowth of bacteria will cause your bladder to inflame, resulting in a condition known as ‘Cystitis’. Fungi such as Candida can infect your urinary system especially if:
- You have taken one or more doses of antibiotics
- You have a compromised immune system due to another health condition.
Keep in mind bladder infections from fungi and viruses aren’t as common as their bacterial counterparts.
A bladder infection?
How can you identify whether you have a bladder infection? The symptoms depend on the extent of the infection. If you have a bladder infection, you will likely notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- Burning sensation or pain while urinating
- Frequent urination and need to urinate
- Pressure or cramps in your lower back or lower abdomen
- Pungent odour in urine.
However, if you experience vomiting, nausea, fever, and pain in your middle back, it indicates of the infection reaching your kidneys. Older people experience symptoms such as mental confusion and fatigue.
To confirm whether you have a bladder infection?
Always get in touch with medical professionals to confirm if you have a bladder infection. They will conduct basic tests to determine the extent of your infection. Depending on your condition, they may ask you to take advanced tests to understand the reason for the infection. In most cases, doctors will prescribe antibiotics to target the responsible bacteria. They will also suggest taking medicines to alleviate any burning sensations.
However, tests are unreliable, resulting in frequent false positives. Although antibiotics may resolve a bladder infection, they come with a myriad of side effects. They create digestive problems such as indigestion, bloating, diarrhoea, and loss of appetite. Also, they increase the bacteria’s antibiotic resistance. Over time, these microorganisms become resilient to this type of treatment. As a result, it suppresses your natural immunity, making it harder for you to recover from future infections.
Are there better alternatives?
If you want to avoid taking antibiotics, you can always look for natural remedies and food-based medicine. For instance, you can take plant-based supplements to give your body the essential nutrients and nutraceutical support to help fight the infection.
As always, make sure you drink large amounts of fluids regularly. Stick to filtered or mineral water as it helps your body remove harmful microorganisms from your body. Avoid drinking carbonated beverages, alcohol, and those containing sugar, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine, as they may irritate your bladder.
Start taking probiotics as they contain live bacteria that help your body. They prevent harmful microorganisms from sticking to the bladder wall. Look for probiotics containing lactobacillus.
How can you prevent a bladder infection?
Yes, we know that you will be told the same things over and over again. Always wipe from the front to the back, drink plenty of water, and pee before and after sex. So what other advice can we give you to help prevent your first UTI from becoming a chronic condition and protect against future flare-ups?
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Avoid spermicides, especially those found in condoms
- Avoid lubricants that contain parabens and glycerine
- Keep your vagina healthy with vaginal probiotics
- Don’t douche
- Avoid perfumed soaps
- ‘Wear cotton and breathable knockers’!!!!!!!!!!!
- Sterilise your sex toys
- Eat foods that contain natural healthy bacteria such as kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut.
You can also take natural remedies to strengthen your immune system to fight off Cystitis. This not only prevents infections but also ensures you don’t have to rely on antibiotics. Improve your urological immunity with our 100% plant-based remedies. Check out our learning centre and go to our shop to attain bladder comfort and pain-free pee within 24 hours or less.