Some studies show that severe urinary tract infections (UTI) spike in the summertime, especially among younger women (under age 44). The seasonality of UTIs can be tied to a number of factors, including dehydration, waiting longer than usual to urinate and sitting in a wet bathing suit. At least 50% will experience at least one UTI in their lifetimes; they are among one of the most common reasons women seek out urgent care urinary tract infection treatment – especially in the hot summer months.
Preventing Summer Urinary Tract Infection
The main cause of a urinary tract infection is the presence of harmful bacteria in the urinary tract. It can happen when outside bacteria gets pushed into the urethra, or when the bacteria that is already present in the bladder multiplies to unhealthy levels. But thankfully there are a few things you can do to prevent inflammation.
When you stay hydrated, you’ll have to use the restroom more often…therefore flushing out your bladder periodically and diluting the urine so bacteria can’t grow. Experts recommend six to eight cups of water a day- more in the summer months when you’re exercising, sweating and exposed to higher temperatures.
Also cut back on caffeine and alcohol, which only irritates the bladder more.
2. Maintain Good Hygiene
When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. So go when you first feel the urge.
Don’t hold it in, otherwise you’ll risk bacteria growth. Be sure to always urinate soon after intercourse to clear out any bacteria that has been introduced to the body…And when you’re done, always wipe from front to back to prevent pushing bacteria closer to your urethra.
Sufficient hygiene of intimate parts plays an important role in the prevention of urinary tract infections.
3. Dry Off
Summertime is synonymous with sunshine and swimming. Just be sure to dry off. A wet swimsuit is the ideal environment (warm and moist) for bacteria to grow and potentially enter the urethra, leading to the development of a UTI. Remember to rinse with clean water and change into dry clothing as soon as you are done swimming.
Treatment and Symptoms
Symptoms include pain or burning sensations with urination, increased frequency and urgency, pressure and more. See more about treatment and symptoms of acute cystitis on our recent blog, “Bladder & Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Prevention and Treatment.”
Urgent Care Urinary Tract Infection Treatment Is Available at eMedical
It’s important to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms of a UTI. If symptoms last more than a day, visit our walk-in clinic for a quick test and diagnosis; our emergency medicine physicians provide urgent medical care to both adults and children with convenient hours designed to fit your busy schedule.