A lower urinary tract infection (LUTI) is an uncommon birth condition wherein the ureter (the tube that carries urine from the bladder into the urethra) becomes obstructed with bacteria. Urethritis is one of the symptoms of LUTI. The common symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection are a watery appearance in the urine, pain during urination or during sexual intercourse, and even blood in the urine. Although most doctors do not consider LUTI a serious condition, it can still cause permanent damage to the urinary tract.
There are a variety of reasons why bacteria may be present in the urinary tract. These include:
- Vaginal sex with a partner who has an infection of the genitalia may lead to a vaginal infection called Vaginitis (which can cause a lower urinary tract infection) or UTI (urinary tract infection). An individual suffering from Vaginitis (or a woman suffering from Vaginal Infection) can be treated with antibiotics.
- Kidney infections may also result in urethritis. In such instances, it is important to undergo a kidney infection test, which can help detect kidney stones.
- Certain medications may also be able to kill off the bacteria in the bladder. Such medications include steroids and certain antibiotics, as well as some forms of cancer treatments such as chemo therapy. Some medications are also used to treat people who are dealing with urinary incontinence; however, these medications may cause additional damage to the bladder.
- Other bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, meaning that when bacteria are not killed by the antibiotics, a larger number of bacteria will grow back over time, thereby causing more damage to the bladder. This is why doctors often recommend using prescription medications only to patients who have bacterial vaginosis or other conditions that cause recurrent bacterial infections.
Although there is no cure for a urinary tract obstruction, there are many ways to deal with the problem. Homeopathic remedies have been used successfully by many women who suffer from recurring urinary tract problems. These methods include taking herbal teas, drinking cranberry juice, or making a warm compress to place in the affected area.
If a patient has difficulty urinating because of a condition other than a blockage in the bladder, they should seek medical attention. - this may require a visit to a doctor or a homeopathic treatment.
Because bacterial vaginosis is a common condition that can cause a urinary tract infection, it is important to keep your vaginal area clean and dry so as to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the body. Use unscented feminine products to wash, as they are easier to absorb into the skin.