If you are looking to treat UTIs in Glenrothes Fife, Cadham Pharmacy are here to help you. We offer a free NHS UTI service to help you to feel like yourself again. UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) affect your urinary tract. This includes your bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis) and your kidneys (kidney infection).
How can I check if it’s a urinary tract infection?
Symptoms of a UTI include pain, or a burning sensation when peeing, as well as needing to empty your bladder suddenly/ more frequently than usual. You may also experience lower stomach pain or back pain, and a very high temperature, or a temperature below 36C. Children may also appear generally unwell and irritable, as well as vomit or wet themselves. You can find further information, as well as other symptoms, on the NHS website.
What causes a UTI?
UTIs normally occur when bacteria from poo enters the urinary tract through the urethra (the tube that transports urine out of the body). Women have a shorter urethra than men; this means that bacteria is more likely to reach the bladder, causing a UTI. Certain things increase the risk of bacteria entering the bladder; these include pregnancy, sexual intercourse and not keeping the genital area dry and clean. UTIs can also be contracted as a result of not drinking enough fluids throughout the day, as well as conditions that block the urinary tract, such as kidney stones.
How can Cadham pharmacy treat UTIs in Glenrothes Fife?
Contracting a UTI is not something to be ashamed of; we are dedicated to providing you with the help you need to ease your discomfort. When you visit us in store, our expert pharmacists will be able to advise you on potential treatment methods tailored to your symptoms, such as antibiotics. We will also advise you on whether you will need to visit your GP to discuss your symptoms.
How can I manage my symptoms?
Aside from treatment, you can also help yourself using pain management methods, such as taking paracetamol up to 4 times a day. This will help to reduce pain, as well as a high temperature. You can also give children liquid paracetamol for this reason. It is important to read the instructions on the packet, so that you can monitor how much paracetamol you or your child are able to take, as well as how frequently you can take it.
To aid your recovery, you should also get plenty of rest, as well as drinking plenty of fluids during the day, especially when the weather is hot. It has not been proven that methods such as cystitis sachets and products containing cranberry alleviate UTI symptoms. Moreover, although UTIs cannot be sexually transmitted, sex can be uncomfortable, so it may be helpful to avoid sexual intercourse until you have recovered.
How can I prevent contracting UTIs?
To prevent a UTI from recurring, you should try peeing as soon as possible after sex, as well as keeping the genital area clean and dry. You should also ensure that you change nappies or incontinence pads efficiently when they are soiled. Most importantly, drinking plenty of fluids will help you to pee regularly throughout the day, and to avoid feeling thirsty.
When looking to prevent a UTI, you should avoid using scented soaps. You should also try not to rush whilst peeing, fully emptying your bladder. Similarly, it is important that you are not holding in your pee if you need to go.
You can book in with us online or call us for advice on how to treat UTIs in Glenrothes Fife.
Why not download the Healthera app to book in for our free NHS UTI Service today?