When the weather heats up across greater northeastern and central Pennsylvania, it’s time to throw on your swimsuit and take a dip to stay cool. We’re right there with you! However, while summer fun is much-needed after a long winter, there are some things you need to know about how it could impact your urologic health – mainly in the form of a urinary tract infection or (UTI). (Don’t worry, your friends at Greater Pittston Urology are here to break it all down for you.)
You don’t feel much like you’re caught up in a sultry summer love story when you find yourself with uncomfortable sometimes even painful urinary tract infection. Your Pittston urologist will tell you that a UTI is an infection that occurs anywhere in your urinary system including:
We tend to find that most common UTIs occur in the lower part of the urinary tract, negatively affecting the urethra and bladder at the same time. What happens is bacteria builds up and grows in your urine, causing inflammation, discomfort, and trouble urinating.
The National Institute of Health finds UTIs are more likely to occur in women than men, but any person at any age can get one.
(FACT: Urinary tract infections are one of the most frequent clinical bacterial infections in women, accounting for nearly 25% of all infections. Around 50–60% of women will develop UTIs in their lifetimes – The National Institute of Health.)
Harmful bacteria anywhere in your body is no joke. The same goes for your urinary system. UTIs occur when this nasty bacteria such as e.Coli gets into your urine and then travels up to your bladder. Chances are, if you find yourself with a UTI at some point in life, one of these reasons could be to blame:
– Dehydration – Any changes in your urinary habits can increase the risk for a UTI, especially if you’re not drinking enough water when it’s hot leading to dehydration. Drinking plenty of water will help flush out bacteria.
– Holding It In – We know there’s a lot of excitement in the summer months, but don’t forget that when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Holding in your pee can also increase the chances of a UTI as bacteria grow.
– Swimming Pools – It sure is fun to go for a summer swim in the pool. Just be aware of where you’re swimming. Pools can be a breeding ground for germs, both inside and outside, as bacteria love to lounge in hot, wet places too. There could also be urine in the water and unmonitored levels of chlorine.
– Wet Bathing Suits – Sitting around in a wet suit is part of summer, we get it. If you’re going to take a break before your next swim, consider changing into a dry suit or shorts. Wet bathing suits can create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
– Summer Love – Always remember to urinate or clean your genital area both before and after sex to help reduce your risk of contracting a UTI. The same goes for your partner.
If you think you might be experiencing a UTI, don’t panic. Call Greater Pittston Urology and schedule a stress-free appointment. Dr. Micheal Campenni can easily and quickly determine if you have a urinary tract infection using a simple test. Treatment usually involves antibiotics but varies from person to person.
(P.S. Whatever you do this summer, make sure to have a little fun.)