Uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect the bladder, kidneys and the tubes connecting to them. These are very common infections, especially for women.

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What are the symptoms of UTIs?

Uncomplicated lower urinary tract infections affect a patient’s bladder or urethra. Symptoms may include:

  • Burning pain when passing urine
  • Needing to pass urine in the night
  • Cloudy urine
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • The need to urinate more frequently than usual
  • Blood visible in urine
  • Pain or tenderness in lower abdomen

Are UTIs painful?

UTI’s are painful and uncomfortable, but usually pass within a few days. They can be treated with antibiotics.

What causes UTIs?

Many things can increase the risk of UTIs including pregnancy, having sex, not drinking enough fluids, not keeping the genital area clean and dry, as well as, conditions that block the urinary tract. Some women experience urinary tract infections regularly which are called recurrent UTIs.

How to manage the symptoms of UTIs?

Management of symptoms can include:

  • Over-the-counter products such as painkillers or cystitis sachets
  • Antibiotics if recommended by the pharmacist

We have a few points for you to try to help prevent a UTI happening, or one returning;

  • Keep area clean and dry
  • Drink plenty of fluid, particularly water
  • Wipe from front to back when using the toilet
  • Use the toilet as soon as possible after sex

Your local Rowlands Pharmacy can offer advice on how to relieve your UTI i.e. what painkillers to take. Our pharmacist can also tell you if you need to see your GP about your symptoms.

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