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We explore the causes and treatments for urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections

Understanding urinary tract infections (UTIs)

urinary tract infection

Urinary Tract Infections, otherwise known as UTIs and sometimes called Cystitis, can affect all genders. However, women are the largest population affected, with around 60% of all women experiencing one in their lifetimes’. In fact, UTIs are the most frequent and common bacterial infection that women suffer with, accounting for nearly 25% of all infections in females.

UTIs at their best can feel uncomfortable, at their worst unbearable, with painful urination, an increased urgency to ‘go’, and in some cases blood in the urine. In more complex cases, an infection can return again, once it is believed clear, or it can go deeper into the surrounding tissues causing longer term infections, making it harder to clear. In some cases UTIs can travel up the urethra to the bladder and beyond to the kidneys, the resulting situation is a kidney infection, which, as a minimum, requires conventional medical care, alongside anything complementary you may want to include (1).

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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