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Query about urinary tract infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Average Posted in: Urinary and Bladder Problems
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User :   I get uti's frequently, almost after every time I have sex, what can I do to stop this?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Nice to meet u
Doctor :   May i know your age, and gender (just to confirm) ?
Doctor :   Same here too
User :   21 female
Doctor :   thanks for the info
Doctor :   Can you tell me since how long have u had this issue ?
User :   For about a month, mayb 2
Doctor :   And may i know how many episodes of UTI have you had so far ?
Doctor :   How long have u been sexually active ?
User :   I feel like I've had at least 5
User :   For about 4 years
Doctor :   ok, so its been more often since last couple of months , it this right ?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   'females are more prone to have UTIs as they have a short urethra that opens into the vestibule that has a vast flora of bacteria
Doctor :   also intercourse pushes the bacteria into the urethra, causing more infections again
User :   Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
Doctor :   to prevent this, you need to drink enough fluids daily
Doctor :   also, you need to make a habit of using the restroom before and after intercourse
User :   I've been doing that almost every time, but I feel it hasn't helped
Doctor :   this will help to clear the urinary tract of the bacteria
Doctor :   In that case, you might have a chronic infection, which may need evaluation by a urinalysis and a urinary culture, followed by a course of antibiotics
User :   Ok how do I make that heal and go away?
User :   Ok
Doctor :   a course of antibiotics will help the infection
User :   Is there anything else I can do to prevent this?
Doctor :   also general hygiene that u follow regularly will be helpful as well
Doctor :   drink cranberry juice, will help too
User :   Ok
User :   Thank u
Doctor :   make sure that after peeing you clean from front to back and not the other way around
Doctor :   doing the other way around, will push the bacteria into the urinary tract
Doctor :   also cotton underwear that absorb the moisture and give the skin to breath will be better than synthetic underwear
Doctor :   have you followed my advice ?
Doctor :   Are u there ?
Doctor :   I guess you have moved out of the chat window
Doctor :   please log back in if u have any other medical query
Doctor :   bye for now
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