It sounds like an easy solution to a painful problem, and it could be.
Bladder infections can be sneaky. If you’ve ever had one, you know they can really hurt. But sometimes, you could be infected and not even know it.
The symptoms of a urinary tract infection, or UTI, include a persistent urge to urinate, and a burning sensation when you pee. You also may have cloudy pee, and find that you only relieve yourself in small amounts.
Needless to say, it’s more than an inconvenience to have one. And it’s even worse when the same thing keeps coming back. For some women, however, that could be a thing of the past.
A study done at UT Southwestern Medical Center has discovered that women who drink an additional 1.5 liters of water each day experience drastically fewer repeat bladder infections.
According to researchers, more than a quarter of women who contract a UTI experience a secondary infection within six months of the initial one.
When participants in the study drank the extra water however, they experienced 48% fewer repeat bladder infections.
What’s the takeaway? Researchers are hoping that by increasing overall fluid intake, women who are susceptible to repeat infections can reduce their use of antibiotics. This small measure could help control antibiotic resistance and preserve our control over those dreaded UTIs.
When treated promptly, a bladder infection is relatively harmless. The danger lies in letting it go, and having the bacteria travel to the kidneys, where it can cause permanent damage.