Do you know how to distinguish a fungal urinary tract infection? I teach you to be able to differentiate it very simply.
Urine infections are very common, especially in women since 60% of women have cystitis at some time in their lives. It is a growth in the number of microorganisms that are in the urinary tract and that are quite annoying.
Usually more is given in women who have sex. It does not mean that whenever you have cystitis it is because you have maintained a relationship with someone but you are in the high point of the statistics that cause this type of infection.
Dr. José María Cots, coordinator of the group of Infectious Diseases of the USA Society of Family and Community Medicine (Semfyc), confirms, “The more sexually active the woman is, the more likely she is to have a urine infection.”
He adds that the other causes that cause an infection are usually related to other types of disorders such as those that affect the kidneys (kidney stones is another classic in vaginal infections).
It is also very common in people with diabetes or low defenses. In fact, those people who have to go through some type of cancer treatment like chemotherapy usually have cystitis quite often. And pregnant women are another easy target for microorganisms.
Urinary tract infection, symptoms
A fungal infection is very easy to catch because things as simple as food in poor condition, cold or eating too much sugar can favor its appearance. For example, foods such as dairy, sugar, wheat and white flour, fruit, yeast and beer-type fermented beverages may favor the occurrence of candidiasis. Or leave the swimsuit on and wet, a classic of my pharmacy that is in a beach area, party and pools…
Let’s look at how to distinguish between bacterial urine infection and fungi.
- They increase the urge to go to the bathroom. In fact many times it becomes almost unbearable because every 10 minutes you have that feeling of wanting to go to the bathroom to pee and every time you go there is nothing more than a few droplets.
- In addition, when peeing, it usually heals and pains. Also while having sex.
- Urine of a cloudy color and something thicker.
- There may be blood although not always seen.
- It often smells like dead fish.
- Abdominal or back pain.
- Thicker discharge from the urine.
- Usually chop a lot.
- The vaginal area is inflamed.
- It can cause pain or feel like going to urinate, so it is often mistaken for a bacterial infection.
It is important to remember that in this type of infections (cystitis) does not give fever, so that some of you raise the temperature is very likely not a cystitis and you will have to go to the doctor as soon as possible for you to analyze and Diagnose In case the infection has reached the kidneys, for example, it could give a fever and that is an urgent reason to visit the doctor. I also recommend going to the doctor to diagnose and verify the type of infection that we have, fungal or bacterial, and to be able to do the right treatment.
Diagnosis and treatment of cystitis
If we go to the doctor to make a diagnosis, it is usually done using urine test strips. Simply pee on the test strip to react in case there is infection and so you can detect it. The presence of nitrites, leucocytes or blood is evidence of infection, although it is also not 100% safe but is estimated to be a reliable test on 70%. The remaining 30% to clarify whether or not a bacterial infection is treated is to know the person’s symptoms.
Treatment for bacterial infection (Cystitis)
Antibiotic, always prescribed by the doctor. Trimethoprim, amoxicillin or ampicillin are usually used. Although more and more antibiotics like ofloxacin, ciprofloxacin or trovafloxin are being used.
Keep clean. Whenever you have a sexual relationship or go to the bathroom we must clean well with special soaps and the area is dry. In fact it is advisable to wash once a day with a mild soap and without perfumes, yes, only once and a day because more is counterproductive.
Do not douche. I recommend reading the following article that also serves for when there is no pregnancy and talks about the vaginal showers and their risks: Intimate hygiene during pregnancy. What to do and what not to do.
Take natural supplements like bearberry, cranberry, dandelion, violet, dandelion or gold rod that helps acidify the urinary tract and dis inflammatory the area. I recommend reading blueberry / blueberry: properties, benefits and contraindications.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Reduce consumption of alcohol, spices and coffee.
- Do not suppress urge to urinate.
- Do not leave your clothes wet.
- Wear cotton and breathable clothing.
- If you are going to have a sexual relationship it would be good to go to the bathroom before and after the act.
- In sex, it is better to use lubricants. Many of the times that vaginal infections occur is because the area of the vagina is irritated during intercourse and lubricants avoid it.
Treatment for fungi (Candidiasis)
- Apply heat to the ovaries. It is best to use electric blankets or heat pockets. This helps to stop the infection.
- Make baking baths and warm water.
- Keep clean. The same as in the case of cystitis.
- Take natural supplements like Gayuba, dandelion , violet, dandelion or gold rod that help acidify the urinary tract and disinflam the area.
- Topical creams with antifungals such as clotrimazole or ova or vaginal tablets of the same composition.
- Wear cotton and breathable clothing.
- Do not leave your clothes wet (swimsuit when leaving the pool, for example).
- If they persist, fluconazole oral antifungals may occur.