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How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

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Most urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria that live in the digestive system. If these bacteria get into the urethra (the tube where urine comes out), they can cause infection.  Your treatment will depend on whether your infection is in the upper or lower urinary tract. Both types of urinary tract (UTI) infection can usually be treated at home using a course of antibiotics. If an upper UTI is more serious or you are also at increased risk of complications, you’ll need hospital treatment. I feel this is very important to read below:

UTIs and dementia: If an elderly person with dementia develops a UTI, it may lead to a noticeable change in their behavior within a few days, known as delirium.

Signs of delirium may include:

  • agitation or restlessness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • hallucinations or delusions
  • becoming unusually sleepy or withdrawn

As the person with dementia may not be able to communicate the problem, it’s important for family and carers to be aware of the signs of a UTI. Seek medical help if you notice these signs so they can be assessed and treated as soon as possible.

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How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

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