How is the problem diagnosed and treated?
A sample of the urine is taken and analysed for the number of bacteria and white blood cells in it. A fresh sample of urine is taken. Usually the urine is collected in mid-stream and the container must not touch the genital organs. The sample is analysed soon after collection.
A UTI infection is usually treated by the use of antibiotics such as nitrofurantoin
and certain penicillins such as amoxicillin
. The urine culture can be repeated after 3-5 days to make sure that the antibiotic is working. The medicines should not be stopped till the infection is cleared completely.
How can a UTI be prevented?
* The most important method of preventing such infections is to practice good personal hygiene. Always wipe from front to back after a bowel movement or urination and keep the skin around the anal region clean.
* Drinking plenty of fluids each day also helps in flushing
the bacteria out of the urinary system