10 things to know in a urinary tract infection!


I found it interesting to make a post on the subject because one in three women will have a urinary tract infection before the age of 24.
Recidivism is frequent: 20% during life, 3% during the year (hence the importance of good treatment).

1- There are several things to distinguish in urinary tract infection:

On the one hand, there is the young woman’s simple urinary infection: cystitis (which is fine) and on the other there is everything else.
In the category “everything else” we put in: recurrent urinary infections, pyelonephritis (we will talk about it later), urinary infections on urogenital malformation, and all infections on a particular terrain…
Obviously in this post I will only talk about the simple urinary infection of young women: cystitis.

2- What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

“Pee all the time””pee that burns” and “pee fast” 🙂

3- Severe doctor?

It’s usually benign. It is nevertheless necessary to consult a doctor, additional tests may be requested, especially in case of recurrence.

4- And how is it treated?

Treatment is by antibiotics. Often in one take! Depending on the case, antibiotics may be prescribed over several days, without the situation becoming “complicated” (to discuss with your doctor).

5- With the treatment it is important to observe hygieno-dietary rules.

Drink plenty: 1.5 to 2 litres of liquid a day. Drink some water. Some recommend cranberry juice (Cranberry).
Always urinate after sexual intercourse.
Always wipe from front to back (do not bring back germs).
Treat constipation problems.
Do not refrain from urinating.
Make your intimate toilets with water and mild soap (no vaginal shower).
Avoid humidity and heat (tight clothing, synthetic clothing…)…

6- And what should we watch?

It is important to monitor improvement in symptomatology, and absence of fever and/or back pain. These symptoms lead to a high urinary tract infection (called pyelonephritis) and require further medical management.

7- What about urine analysis (urine test strip / ECBU)?

A simple analysis with a urine test strip can confirm the diagnosis.
If your (good) doctor prescribes you a urine analysis (ECBU it is imperatively necessary to pee in the pot-pot BEFORE taking antibiotics…

If you take the antibiotic before doing the analysis you will sterilize the urine and the germ will not be identified (so much “pee in a violin”)!

8- How to make an ECBU?

To obtain a pot with pee, it is enough to go to ask for some in the laboratory of analysis or in certain pharmacies.
The ideal being to make a (good) intimate toilet (with the dakin for example), to make its sample on the urine of the morning (preferably).
The first urine stream should be disposed of in the toilet and the sample can be kept in the fridge for a few hours.

9- Why make an ECBU if it is simple and we know the treatment?

An ECBU takes 3 days to be analyzed in the laboratory (bacteria must be cultured), you will not wait for the result to take the treatment, however if the infection is resistance or if you do a pyelonephritis, the antibiotic susceptibility test will already be done!

10 – The question that kills…: Help doctor I have an E-Coli in my urine

The “classic” urinary tract infection is regularly linked to E-Coli (Escherichia Coli). Although this bacterium was in the news in June/July 2011, it is 2 different strains. Don’t panic if you have an E-Coli (Escherichia Coli) urinary tract infection because it is the bacteria most frequently found in this type of infection.

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