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Drinking less water in summer can cause UTI in women: Know symptoms and prevention

As we enjoy the summer months, it's important to keep in mind the importance of drinking enough water to avoid UTIs. Additionally, practising good hygiene and following preventive measures can also decrease the risk of developing an infection.

Written By: Kristina Das @ New Delhi Updated on: May 29, 2024 19:30 IST
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Summer is a time for outdoor activities, pool parties, and more. With the hot weather, it's easy to get caught up in the fun and forget about staying hydrated. However, this can have serious consequences for women, as drinking less water in summer can increase the risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI).

What is UTI?

UTIs are one of the most common bacterial infections, affecting millions of people every year. However, women are more susceptible to developing UTIs than men. It is estimated that about 50-60 per cent of women will experience a UTI at least once in their lifetime. And while UTIs can happen at any time of the year, the risk increases during the summer months due to dehydration.

Why Drinking Less Water Can Lead to UTIs

The urinary tract is responsible for removing waste and excess water from the body. It consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. When bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and multiply, it can lead to an infection.

One of the main ways our body flushes out bacteria from the urinary tract is through urination. For this process to work effectively, we need to have an adequate amount of water in our system. When we don't drink enough water, our urine becomes concentrated and less frequent, making it easier for bacteria to thrive and cause an infection.

Symptoms of UTI in Women

UTIs can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms can vary from person to person. However, some common signs and symptoms of a UTI in women include:

  • Pain or burning sensation during urination
  • Feeling the constant urge to urinate, even if there is little to no urine
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Fever or chills
  • Lower back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blood in the urine (a sign of a more severe infection)

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's essential to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Prevention Tips for UTIs

  1. Prevention is always better than cure, and when it comes to UTIs, there are simple steps that women can take to reduce their risk of developing an infection.
  2. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and increase your intake if you are participating in physical activities or exposed to hot weather.
  3. Don't hold your urine for an extended period, as this can lead to a buildup of bacteria in the bladder.
  4. When using the bathroom, make sure to wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering the urethra.
  5. Tight-fitting clothes and underwear made from non-breathable fabrics can trap moisture, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Opt for loose-fitting clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton.
  6. Urinating after intercourse may help flush out any bacteria that may have entered the urinary tract during sexual activity.
  7. Avoid irritating feminine products.
  8. Probiotics can help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the urinary tract and prevent UTIs.

If you do experience symptoms of a UTI, don't ignore them or try to self-medicate. It's essential to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment. Remember, staying hydrated is key to maintaining a healthy urinary tract and overall well-being. 

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