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Good Bladder Hygiene

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Good Bladder Hygiene

Whenever you have lower urinary tract infection (cystitis) symptoms, please follow these tips to maintain good bladder health and to prevent developing urinary tract infection.

1.     Timed voids: Don’t retain urine too long and urinate timely. Stagnant urine in the bladder allows bacteria time to multiply and puts you at risk for urinary tract infection.

2.     Double void: Before leaving the restroom, try to empty your bladder a second time. Make time to use the restroom so you are not rushed. Focus on relaxing the muscles of the pelvic floor. Try to empty the bladder as much as possible.

3.     Drink plenty of fluids: Fluids keep the urinary tract clean. The act of urination helps flush away bacteria that could otherwise cause infection.

4.     Have a bowel movement every day: The rectum is just behind the bladder and a rectum full of stool can keep the bladder from functioning properly. Avoid constipation by eating plenty of high-fiber foods (like whole grains, vegetables, and fruits), drinking enough water, and being physically active can help prevent constipation.

5.     Wipe front to back: The bacteria that cause urinary tract infection usually come from the rectal flora (bacteria in the stool). Wiping front to back keeps bacteria away from the bladder. Wiping back to front drags bacteria toward the bladder and puts you at risk for urinary tract infection.

6.     Void before and after intercourse: This will flush away bacteria that could put you at risk for infection. This is particularly important for women whose infections are related to intercourse. And abstain from having intercourse while having Lower Urinary Tract infection symptoms (dark urine, itching, painful voiding, urine urgency or frequency, etc.)

7.     Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes: Wearing loose, cotton clothing will allow air to keep the area around the urethra dry. Tight-fitting jeans and nylon underwear can trap moisture and help bacteria grow.

8.   Consult your physician: If symptoms remained/got worse for more than 3-5 days, please seek medical to put a management plan for your condition.

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