During pregnancy, your body goes through drastic hormonal changes. These can sometimes make your vagina prone to infection. Some of the infections you can develop include bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, group B strep, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. To prevent these infections, practice good hygiene and get tested regularly along with your partner.
Cloudy urine is pretty normal if you have consumed a lot of dairy products. However, in individuals suffering from diseases like kidney stones, enlarged prostate or progressive renal diseases, cloudy urine is a characteristic symptom. Even in early pregnancy, many women notice a murky appearance of urine. People with uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension also complain of having cloudy urine.
The symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection include burning sensation while peeing, frequent urge to pee, pain in lower abdomen, and cloudy or bloody urine. Upper urinary tract infection symptoms include high fever, shiver and chills, nausea and vomiting, back and side pain, and confusion. You should seek medical attention as soon as you notice the symptoms of an upper UTI.
Urinary tract infections are caused when microbes, especially bacteria, infect different parts of the urinary system by entering it through the urethra. Women are more prone to UTIs than men across all ages. This is because their urethra is short and close to their anus and vagina. Men usually develop UTIs when their prostate gets enlarged as it prevents the bladder from emptying fully. Pregnancy, old age, diabetes, and being sexually active increases your risk of UTIs.
Lower urinary tract infections often subside on their own in a few days, but if the symptoms are persistent, you can try natural remedies to treat them. Consume plenty of water, cranberry juice, cucumber, apple cider vinegar, ginger tea, and green tea. You can also use certain herbs such as uva ursi, buchu, and corn silk. Eat healthy foods, empty your bladder regularly, and maintain good personal hygiene.
ACV fixes your pH imbalance and acts against diabetes and kidney stone formation, thereby reducing your risk of contracting UTI. As long-term catheter use increases bacteria in the urine, ACV, being antibacterial, can be used to clean catheters. The vinegar in ACV inhibits pathogenic E. coli, the UTI-causing bacteria. Drink 1 tbsp ACV mixed in 8 ounces water every day.
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