WHAT ARE URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS (UTI)?
There are different types of UTI, ranging from an infection of the bladder (cystitis) to an infection of the kidney. Cystitis is the most common type of UTI.
WHAT CAUSES CYSTITIS?
When bacteria enter the urinary tract, it can cause an infection. Escherichia coli (E. coli), found in the digestive system, is one of the most common germs. It can easily spread to the urethra and then stick to the urinary system lining. ²
WHO IS AT RISK?
Women, diabetics, the elderly, people with urinary catheters or a serious illness and men with prostate problems are at risk. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 20 men will suffer from UTI during their lifetime. Approximately 1 in 3 women will require treatment for UTI before the age of 24.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF UTI?
Burning sensation when urinating
Frequent urge to urinate
Strong smelling or cloudy urine
Lower abdomen pain
Blood in the urine
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT UTI TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Most UTI are in the bladder and are not serious. However, if the infection is not treated promptly, then it can travel up to the kidneys and cause a more serious infection.
Cranberries, or cranberry juice, have been used as a solution to prevent a recurrent UTI. However, recent studies have shown that cranberries have had no significant impact when preventing UTI. ²
Current UTI Treatment options include drinking fluids (especially water), antibacterial (reduces UTI occurrence), urinary alkalisers (relieves UTI symptoms), dietary supplements and URICIL.
*Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) consists of Upper and Lower UTI. Upper UTI is the infection of the renal glands (Nephritis) and lower UTI is infection of the urethra (Urethritis) and bladder (Cystitis). URICIL is recommended for medically diagnosed cystitis.
1. Department of Health, Cystitis in Women, http://www.health.vic.gov.au/edfactsheets/downloads/cystitis-in-women.pdf
2. Kidney Health Australia 2018, Urinary Tract Infections, https://kidney.org.au/cms_uploads/docs/urinary-tract-infections-fact-sheet.pdf
3.SA Health, Urinary tract infection (UTI)- including symptoms, treatment and prevention, https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/Public+Content/SA+Health+Internet/Health+topics/Health+conditions+prevention+and+treatment/Infectious+diseases/Urinary+tract+infection