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ask: why do i get frequent urinary inection (once in every 15 days)

By veda T A
 
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Hi,
Thi sis Veda TA, 27 years old from India. I am suffering from Type I Diabetes and i also have hypothyroidism. I am on insulin (Nova rapid dose -: 24-6-12 units and 10 units of Lantus at night) to treat Diabetes and i take Thyrox 100 mg for thyroid.
I also suffer from frquent urine infection, (its probably once in every 15 days). I have consulted many gynic and every time i approach them, they ask me to get my urine analysis done. (Most of the time my pus cells count 25-35). After this they prescribe some capsules/tablets and some lotions/cream. Once i under go this treatment, I will not have any problem for around 15-20 days. But after this my infection starts over again.

I have heard that Cranberry juice is a best home remedy to prevent UTI. But since i am Type I Diabetic, can i really dring the juice everyday? And yes, my husband and i are planning for my pregnancy now.

What can i do to prevent such infections? Please advice.

Thanks,
Veda T A

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RN

With repeat or frequent infection AND/or if you ever had hemorrhagic cystitis (where urine was pinkish or somewhat bloody), it may be advisable to have a cystoscopy exam for the doctor to determine if there are any additional, perhaps overlooked, reasons for those infections. Maintaining an acidic urine also helps. You can check pH of urine at home & use/add foods or supplements that would help increase urine acidity (vitamin C, some fruits, etc.). Also make sure you are not consuming too much food/supplements that would increase the alkalinity of urine.

July 4, 2010 - 9:18am
RN

Also a few more IMO to add: Drink sufficient water so urine is clear pale yellow. Urinate BEFORE and after sexual intercourse to prevent impact of thrust force against a full bladder. Choose underwear that has a cotton lining & avoid "thong" type panties. Avoid scented chemical additives to bath water and the use of powders, lotions, etc. in perineal area. Avoid hot tubs. As a diabetic you are somewhat more prone to infection, especially if your blood glucose is not well under control...so do frequent checks to maintain blood glucose stability.

July 4, 2010 - 9:08am
Alison Beaver

I wanted to also provide this resource, written by a medical doctor for EmpowHER: cranberry juice help for UTI?.

The article also states that cranberry pills may help prevent UTIs, but cranberry juice or pills will not help once you already have a UTI. You need to receive antibiotics to treat the exact type of bacteria that you have. Then, cranberry pills may help.

July 4, 2010 - 5:58am
Alison Beaver

Hi Veda,
Urinary tract infections are so uncomfortable, even painful, and are quite common. It is not common to have them every 15 days, however. It sounds as if your UTI is not being treated properly. Can you tell us the exact medications you are being given? It is important that you take an antibiotic to rid your body of the infection (assuming your UTI is caused by a bacteria). Lotions and creams will only relieve symptoms temporarily; they are not treatments to cure the UTI. Are you able to go to your doctor, or another doctor, for this treatment?

Cranberry juice will not treat a UTI once you have one, and has minimal (if any) effects on actually preventing a UTI. It is not something that would benefit you enough to risk taking it with diabetes.

Since you are trying to conceive, many women who have frequent sex are more susceptible to UTIs, because the urethra is so close to the vagina. Are you noticing more symptoms after intercourse?

Please ask your doctor about antibiotics, as an untreated UTI can lead to more serious infections!

July 4, 2010 - 4:41am
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