How Adults Can Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
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Taking steps to avoid urinary tract infections, or UTIs, can save you a lot of discomfort and also prevent serious problems.
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Most UTIs are caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract. Usually, UTIs are not serious, but some can lead to serious problems like kidney infections. How can adults prevent UTIs?
- Urinate often, whenever the urge arises.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and cotton underwear.
- Drink lots of fluids. Water works best. While most should try for six to eight glasses a day, those with kidney failure should not drink this much. Talk to your doctor to find out how much fluid is right for you.
- And, after using the bathroom, women should wipe from front to back.
For more tips, visit our website at NIDDK. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.
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