If your urine is foul-smelling, the cause could be a urinary tract infection, or UTI. Some other symptoms of UTIs are pain or burning when urinating or pain in the abdomen. If you have a UTI, you will likely need to see your doctor for antibiotics to get rid of it. However, there are some home remedies you can use to prevent or stave off minor UTIs.
SYMPTOMS OF A UTI INFECTION
Sometimes a person can have a UTI without having any signs or symptoms whatsoever. Having at least one symptom is more likely, though. Some of the typical signs and symptoms of UTIs are:
· Constantly feeling like you need to urinate
· A burning, stinging or painful sensation when urinating
· Cloudy urine
· Foul-smelling urine
· Frequent urination, often of only small amounts
· Pain in the pelvic area if you are female
· If you are male, you may experience pain in the area of your rectum
If your UTI stems from an infection in your urethra, you may notice burning during urination.
If your UTI is associated with your bladder, you may experience the following:
· Pain or discomfort in your lower abdominal area
· A sensation of pressure in your pelvic area or a constant urge to urinate
· Blood in your urine
· Frequent urination
· Burning during urination
Can Men or Children Get Urinary Tract Infections?
Yes. Women are most susceptible to urinary tract infections, but a UTI can happen to anyone. One of the most common reasons people have stinky urine is that they’ve got a UTI.
Men are more resistant to urinary tract infections than women are. Even if a man is exposed to the bacteria that cause UTIs, he may not actually develop a urinary tract infection. Part of the reason for this is that males have longer urethras than females do, so bacteria have to travel further to reach the urinary tract. In the time that takes, it’s highly likely the bacteria will get flushed out by urination.
Even a baby can get a UTI. In the case of small children, it is even more important to seek out a doctor’s advice if the child is having symptoms of a UTI. Children’s immune systems are not yet fully developed, so a UTI can quickly get out of control. The child also may not be able to tell you about the burning during urination or constant urge to urinate.
How Can I Tell If I have a UTI?
If you are experiencing any kind of pain or burning during urination or if your urine odor is strong or unpleasant, then you should consult a doctor. These are common symptoms of UTI’s.
You can also use an at-home test kit for urinary tract infections, such as AZO Urinary Infection Test Strips.
How Do I Get Rid of a UTI?
A course of antibiotics is used to treat a urinary tract infection. While taking antibiotics isn’t really a pleasant prospect (especially because they cause stomach upset for some), it is much better than continuing to deal with the UTI. Keep in mind that as an infection, a UTI can spread.
There are some natural home remedies you can use to get rid of UTIs, but these are best used to prevent UTIs or to get rid of one that is just starting