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How to prevent urine infections in summer

During the summer, urine infections are more common, especially in women, due to the use of swimming pools, wearing a wet swimsuit … Find out how to prevent them.

There is no doubt that we have all suffered from a urine infection at some point in our lives. Thus, we must know that the bladder basically consists of a muscular and hollow organ, which we find located in the lower part of our abdomen, and that it is basically responsible for the storage of the urine produced by our kidneys, precisely before being expelled through the urethra to the outside.

In other words, we could define the bladder as a sac whose main – and only – function is to serve as a bag to store the urine that our kidneys have produced from the drinks we have ingested (among other basic elements).

Believe it or not, actually, in healthy people the bladder is a sterile organ, so that inside it we cannot find bacteria or other microorganisms that can cause infections. Despite the fact that, surprisingly enough, urine is a waste product. The same goes for the urethra.

However, any area or part of the urinary tract can become infected. In fact, urinary tract infection is a urinary tract infection, and it can precisely occur at any point in the urinary tract.

For example, it can occur in the bladder, kidneys, urethra, or ureters. So its medical name will depend directly on the area where the infection appears. Thus, if it appears and affects the bladder, it will be cystitis (or bladder infection), if it appears in the kidneys pyelonephritis (or kidney infection), or urethritis if it occurs in the urethra.

Why does a urine infection occur?

Most urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria, which enter the body through the urethra, and then reach and colonize the bladder. In fact, although the infection arises in the urethra, it can also spread to the kidneys.

Women tend to suffer from a higher number of urinary infections in their lifetime, compared to the name. Why? Mainly because his urethra is much shorter, being also closer to the anus. For this reason, it is more common for women to have a greater probability of suffering a urinary infection when using a diaphragm or after having had sexual activity.

On the other hand, there are also certain factors or conditions that can influence the appearance of urinary tract infections. For example, this is the case of diabetes, having a condition that causes problems to empty the bladder completely, suffering from bowel incontinence or kidney stones, having a narrow urethra or an enlarged prostate, as well as having a urinary catheter.

Why are urine infections so common in summer?

Did you know that urine infections increase during the summer? The causes of this increase must be found above all in the increase in the use of swimming pools, mainly due to the use of swimming pools with chlorine. For this reason, during the summer it is usually common for urinary infections to especially affect women between 18 and 45 years of age.

The chlorine used in the treatment and care of swimming pools tends to alter the flora of the vagina, as well as its very important defense mechanisms. In addition, not only the chlorine, but also spending more time in the wet swimsuit has a direct influence.

For this reason, during the summer months, urinary infections are dangerously increased, especially in women.

Helpful Tips to Prevent Urine Infections in summer

The most advisable thing is to replace the swimming pools with sea water, since it is much more natural and will not contain the chlorine that can so much alter the regional flora located in the vagina. However, if this is not possible, the basic recommendation is to change your swimsuit more often, thus avoiding being with your swimsuit wet for a long time, reducing excess moisture.

On the other hand, there are also other tips that are of great help when it comes to avoiding urine infections in summer. For example, wear cotton underwear that will also be cooler and less tight with high temperatures, avoid douching, reduce or avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages, do not retain urine and eliminate stress.

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