5 myths about urinary tract infections. Don't ignore it or you'll get nephritis

 Urinary tract infections are diseases that affect women more often, and this is due to the differences in the structure of organs that occur in both sexes. However, men are also at risk of suffering from urinary infections. And their consequences can lead to serious health problems such as nephritis, so we should never ignore them.

 

Nephritis is a disease in which the tissues in the kidneys become inflamed and can't filter waste out of the blood as well as they should. Nephritis can be caused by infections, conditions that make the body inflamed (like lupus), some genetic conditions, and other diseases or health problems.

 

Urinary tract infections happen when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra. These bacteria often come from the skin or the area around the anus. Women often get urinary tract infections because the urethra in women is shorter and closer to the anus. Cystitis is the most common type of infection of the urinary tract.

 

Even though not all urinary tract infections cause symptoms, when they do, they can be painful and annoying. Urinary tract infections can cause severe urges to urinate, a burning feeling when you urinate, and pain in your pelvis. You may also get chills, feel tired, and have a fever. These are signs that the infection has spread outside of the bladder.

 

5 common myths about urinary tract infections

 

There are many myths about infections affecting the urinary tract. I will explain how much truth there is in them.

Urinary tract infections are always symptomatic.

 

When infections occur in the urinary tract, they often cause pain when you urinate and a smelly urine. But you can have harmful bacteria in your urinary tract and not feel sick at all. Then you need a test to find infections.

 

All urinary tract infections require treatment with antibiotics

 

Not all urinary tract infections have to be treated with antibiotics. One example is infections that don't cause any symptoms, so the person doesn't know that there are bacteria in his urinary tract. Antibiotics are given to people with painful or bothersome symptoms, women who are pregnant, and people who don't have a strong immune system.

 

Urinary tract infections will go away on their own

 

Urinary tract bacteria infections that don't cause symptoms can happen and go away on their own, but it's unlikely that this will happen if the patient has symptoms. Even more so if the symptoms of the infection are painful or uncomfortable. Urinary tract infections that aren't treated can cause problems like kidney inflammation and more urinary tract infections.

 

Urinary tract infections are sexually transmitted

 

Sexual activity can increase your risk of contracting the disease by transmitting harmful microbes, but urinary tract infections are not classified as sexually transmitted diseases. While fighting urinary tract infections, patients should not be sexually active, as sex may extend the recovery time.

 

Source: Mayo Clinic

 

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