Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur generally when bacteria from the colon gets into the urinary tract and starts to breed, irritating the lining of the urethra and causing inflammation. UTIs cause burning, stinging, and the urge to urinate, despite not much urine coming out. The burn and urge to urinate a lot comes from your acidic urine hitting your inflamed flesh, triggering the unpleasant and painful symptoms.
Treating a UTI at home is relatively easy, but you’ll usually have to persist and get the hang of it after a couple of times. Learning how to do this is invaluable, since frequent UTIs mean frequent visits to the doctor (which costs money) to get antibiotics (which cost you your good bacteria). There are plenty of great options, which we detail here.
Obviously if things feel like they are going haywire – severe pain, fever, kidney pain or blood in your urine, please go to your local emergency room or doctor. You will likely need antibiotics and checks to make sure you don’t have a kidney issue.
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