Urinary tract infections are the most common form of urinary tract discomfort. In fact, 50% of women experience UTIs at some point in their lives, and many have persistent and recurring episodes.
In order to avoid the most uncomfortable and serious symptoms of UTIs, it is critical to have very early detection. But, a challenge of early diagnosis is that several of the early symptoms are often similar to symptoms of other health conditions such as HSV, HPV and vaginitis. For example, painful or burning urination may be caused by these conditions, and so it’s important to consider the totality of symptoms. If you have an elevated body temperature along with other symptoms, then you may not be experiencing HPV or HSV, because they are not common symptoms of either of these conditions. If you are experiencing a frequent need to urinate and are producing very little urine, then you may be able to eliminate vaginitis. Fatigue, frustration and irritation can be symptoms of a UTI, but they are also common to many other conditions such as stress, overwork and psychological disorders of course. It’s therefore important to consider whether the urine is discolored or has an unusual odor.
To determine whether you may be experiencing a UTI, look for at least three of the following possible symptoms.
- Painful or burning urination.
- Frequent need to urinate without producing normal amounts of urine.
- Discolored urine.
- Urine with a strong odor.
- Elevated body temperature.
- Fatigue, frustration or irritation.
If you conclude that you may be at the early stages of a UTI, you may consider the use of several very effective nutritional ingredients to help you avoid the development of a more serious case. These include D-Mannose, cranberry extract, Vitamin C and probiotics/prebiotics. They can help create unfavorable conditions for the bacteria that cause UTIs, help prevent the bacteria from attaching to urinary tract and help flush them from the system.