What happens if a UTI is not treated?

What happens if a UTI is not treated?

If a UTI is left untreated, the bacterial infection can continue to spread. Obstetrician-gynecologist Bilal Kaaki told UnityPoint Health, “If a bladder infection [UTI] goes untreated, it can become a kidney infection. A kidney infection is a much more serious infection, because the infection can travel to the blood stream, causing sepsis. Sepsis causes people to get very ill and can even be critical.” For this reason, it’s important not to assume that the infection will naturally go away on its own.

UTI-causing bacteria is transmitted from the urethra to the rectum. It is important to maintain hygiene. Experts at the Cleveland Clinic suggest always wiping oneself with toilet paper from front to back, and keeping clothing and underwear dry. A healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of water and regular urination will help your body flush out any bacteria.

It is important that you allow your body do what it needs, rather than allowing your bladder to hold on to your urine. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can cause irritation to the bladder. Consult your OB-GYN about birth control. Some birth control methods, such as diaphragms can cause bladder irritation.

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