UTIs are infections that affect any region of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters (tubes that connect the kidneys and the bladder), the bladder, and the urethra (the tube from the bladder through which we urinate).
The lower urinary tract – the bladder and the urethra – is where the majority of UTI bloating occurs, and women are more prone than males to acquire a UTI because the urethra is shorter, allowing for less space between the bladder and the external environment, where the bacteria live.
The bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) are the most common cause of urinary tract infections (UTIs). This type of bacteria is a typical part of the digestive and urogenital microbiome, but it can cause infection if it becomes too large.
Why does UTI cause bloating?
The Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract, which can be caused by various factors. It’s not uncommon for women to experience UTI-related bloating.
The UTI will lead to swelling of the bladder, retention of urine, and kidney stones, all of which may cause uncomfortable bloating.
Here are some reasons why UTIs might cause bloat:
- An overgrowth in bacteria that causes an infection in the urinary tract can also cause excess gas production from your gut as well as other digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea.
- Bloating is often caused by lactose intolerance or consuming too many dairy foods like milk and cheese.
- Many women experience intense bloating during their menstrual period due to the change in hormones.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections
The following are the most prevalent symptoms related to Urinary Tract Infections:
- Urination causes pain or burning.
- Feeling compelled to urinate all of the time
- Urine that is cloudy, bloody, or has a strong odor
- Muscle pain
Many of these additional symptoms might mimic stomach bloating, pain, or pressure, and if the infection extends to the kidneys, it can also cause back pain and vomiting, which can cause bloating. As a result, one of the most common symptoms of a urinary tract infection is bloating.
If your symptoms persist or worsen, consult your doctor or health care provider right away so they can test your urine for germs and determine which strains are present.
How is the infection spread?
A UTI is difficult to spread between people since the bacteria that causes the infection is nearly never contagious.
The most common route to get a UTI is through the transfer of bacteria from the anus to the urethra, which can happen when wiping after using the restroom or during sexual activity. Taking precautions during each of these actions can assist to prevent the spread of bacteria, which could then overgrow.
Women may experience symptoms of UTI or cystitis (including bloating) after engaging in vigorous sexual activity, even if no bacteria are present.
Because the urethra of both men and women does not normally touch the toilet seat, it is exceedingly unlikely that a urinary tract infection may be contracted when using a public restroom.
Alleviating discomfort caused by UTI bloating
Bloating and pain caused by UTIs can be quite uncomfortable and can linger for many days or even a week. The following are some tips for easing this discomfort:
- To flush the infection out of the body, drink plenty of water – at least one full glass of water per hour.
- Consume modest, nutritious meals on a regular basis
- Reduce your sugar intake since certain bacteria thrive on it; in particular, avoid fizzy drinks, which can induce flatulence.
- Limit your intake of any foods you know you have an allergic reaction to, such as wheat or beans.
- Cranberry extract (not cranberry juice, which may include additional sugar), D-mannose, and beneficial bacteria have all been demonstrated to aid with the symptoms of UTIs (particularly Lactobacillus species, which are known to populate the urogenital microbiome).
The information in this article should help you determine whether or not you need medical attention for your symptoms.
You may be able to treat some of these conditions with over-the-counter medication but if they persist, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
We hope that by reading this blog post, people will feel more informed about what causes bladder infections like cystitis and how best to deal with them.
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