Urinary Tract Infection

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Abnormal tastes in mouth are usually a symptom of a greater disease. It can be either salty or metal taste in mouth. Salty taste in mouth has been an on and off condition of mine for years now. The reason behind it is that I don’t drink much water to sustain me for the day. I prefer refreshments with flavor like sodas, coffee, iced tea, and the likes. On my last checkup, my doctor lectured me for an hour about the benefits of drinking water everyday.

Last week, I had a hard time peeing as I can’t continuously pee. I also have a recurring lower back pain. I told my mom about it and she thought I had Urinary Tract Infection although I still need to see a doctor to be safe. I saw my doctor, the one who lectured me for an hour and he just smirked at me then told me I needed a blood test and urinalysis to confirm. I told him I can’t pee but he insisted I do it. It was one of the hardest 10 minutes of my life inside a cubicle in a hospital.   The laboratory technician told me I can get my results in a few hours. My mom and I ate in a cafeteria inside the hospital. She told me to take better care of myself when she was giving me bottled water. She asked me to promise to try to always drink water instead of sodas. I nodded while sighing, I know that it was my fault.

Few hours gone by as we were hanging out in the Café, we decided to come back to the hospital’s laboratory to get my results and then get a prescription from my doctor. He told me to lay off chips, drinks with caffeine and drink water every hour even if I’m not thirsty. I was prescribed with a week’s worth of antibiotics, a couple of pain relievers and diuretics to ease up my peeing.

Urinary tract infection is a disease wherein there is an inflammation between kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. Urine cannot properly pass through because the inflammation impedes the normal flow. Women are more prone of having UTI than men because of anatomic differences. Some of the signs and symptoms of UTI include fever, back and side pain, shaking and chills, burning sensation when urinating, and blood or pus in urine. Urinalysis and blood test are some of the tests needed to confirm such disease.

Treatment is normally a week’s worth of antibiotics depending on the gravity of the case. After the complete course of antibiotics, patients needed to undergo another urinalysis to check if the bacteria are gone from their system. Patients are advised for more water intake and never to hold pee. Drink a glass of water every hour even if you’re not thirsty to expel toxins contained in the urine from the body. They also need to eat less salty food and drink less caffeine rich products. For women, they are encouraged to wipe front to back as bacteria from the anal region may spread to vagina and urethra.