What is a UTI?
UTIs are an infection of the urinary tract or bladder causing pain and inflammation. It is also commonly known as a water infection, bladder infection or Cystitis. We can help treat Urinary Tract Infections in Edinburgh.
The most common causes of Urinary Tract Infections are bacterial infection – most commonly by caused the bacterium, E.Coli. The bacteria is more likely to enter the urethra during sex, if you wipe from back to front after using the toilet, when inserting a tampon or a contraceptive diaphragm. Bacteria in your bladder are more likely to cause an infection if there is a blockage in, or there has been damage or irritation to, your urinary system.
UTIs are most common in women. It is estimated almost all women will experience a UTI at least once in their life. Around 1 in 5 of those that experience this will suffer with it more than once, know as recurrent Urinary Tract Infection. UTIs are more common in women due to their shorter urethra, allowing bacteria to reach the bladder more easily.
It is most common in women who:
– Are pregnant
– Are sexually active
– Have been through the menopause
– Are diabetic
– Use a catheter
– Have kidney problems
Treatment advice for UTI
Women who are able to self-diagnose their UTI are able to purchase treatment without the need to visit their GP. The following treatment options are available:
– Urine alkalising sachets (UTI sachets) – these help to make the urine less acidic reducing the stinging sensation when urinating. Examples include Cymalon and Cystopurin.
– Over the counter painkillers – normal painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to reduce discomfort.
– Antibiotics – We can supply Trimethoprim or Nitrofurantion, if this is appropriate from your consultation with our pharmacist. This is available to women on the NHS. The age limit for these products is 65.
If you are looking to treat urinary tract infections in Edinburgh please contact us or visit our pharmacy.