How to prevent urine infections in summer

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

That is, we could define the bladder as a bag 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).

Even if you do not believe it, in reality, in healthy people the bladder is a sterile organ, so that inside you can not find bacteria or other microorganisms that can cause infections. Although, surprisingly enough, urine is a waste product. The same happens with the urethra.

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

For example, it can occur in the bladder, in the kidneys, in the urethra or in the ureters. So your medical name will depend directly on the area where the infection appears. Thus, if it appears and affects the bladder, it will be a 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 urine infections (UTI), are caused by bacteria, which enter the body through the urethra, then arrive and colonize the bladder. In fact, although the infection arises in the urethra it can also spread to the kidneys.

Women tend to suffer a greater amount of urine infections throughout his life, compared to the name. Why? Fundamentally because his urethra is much shorter, being also closer to the anus. Therefore, it is more common for women to be more likely to suffer a urinary infection when using a diaphragm or after having sexual activity.

On the other hand, there are also certain factors or conditions that can influence the occurrence of urinary tract infections. For example, it is the case of diabetes, having a condition that causes problems to empty your bladder completely, suffer from intestinal incontinence or kidney stones, have a narrow urethra or enlarged prostate, and have a bladder catheter.

Why are urine infections so common in summer?

Did you know, during the summer, urine infections increase? The causes of this increase must be found especially in the increase in the use of swimming pools, mainly due to the use of swimming pools with chlorine. Therefore, during the summer it is usual for urinary infections to affect especially 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. Also, not only chlorine, but be more time with the wet swimsuit influences directly.

For this reason, during the summer months, urinary tract infections increase dangerously, especially in women.

Useful tips to prevent urine infections in summer

The most advisable is replace the pools with sea water, since it is much more natural and will not contain the chlorine that can so alter the regional flora located in the vagina. However, if this is not possible, the basic recommendation is that of change your swimsuit more often, thus avoiding being with the wet suit 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, use cotton underwear that also with higher temperatures will be fresher and less tight, avoid douching, reduce or avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages, not retain urine and eliminate stress. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor. ThemesSummer Infections

Mayo Clinic Minute: Treating Urinary Tract Infections (November 2023)