Everyone is always at risk of having UTI. It doesn’t choose any age, gender nor status in life. As a matter of fact, I too am prone in having UTI. Since I was in high school having UTI is like my constant illness because of my low-water intake and unhealthy diet (chips, chocolates, salty food etc). It has gotten worse especially when I became an adult in which I felt burning sensation and blood discharge every time I urinate. I took medication just to bring back normalcy. Also during the first trimester of my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with UTI and needed to undergo treatments to avoid any further complications on my pregnancy. That was also the time I became really serious to fully recover from this common infection for the sake of my unborn baby. I did take 8 glasses of water every day, controllable amount of salty foods and more on vegetables and fruit.
So what is UTI?
A UTI us a bacterial infection that penetrates the urinary tract through the opening of the urethra and begins to multiply. It is considered as a health condition and is known as the second most common kind of infection that may attack the human body.
Who is prone to UTI?
1. Children (from age 0)
2. Pregnant women
3. Those with diabetes
4. Those with low-water intake
5. Postmenopausal women
6. Those with recurrent UTI
7. Those with catheter
8. Those who are sexually active
9. Men with enlarged prostate
What are the most common symptoms of UTI?
1. Frequent and uncontrollable urge to urine
2. Burning sensation when urinating
3. Abnormal change in the amount of voided urine
4. Pain in lower pelvis or abdomen
5. Pain during sexual intercourse
6. Strong-smelling urine
7. Blood in the urine
What are the possible effects of UTI in our body?
1. To our bladder, a urinary tract infection can be painful and annoying and can lead to bladder inflammation or cystitis.
2. To our kidneys, untreated UTI can lead to pyelonephritis that could permanently damage the kidney.
3. To our urethra, a UTI can lead to urethritis that can cause the urethra to produce blood in the urine and seriously affect the tube that carries the urine from the body.
Myths and Facts about UTI
1. Poor hygiene causes UTI – MYTH!
2. More women than men get UTI – FACT!
3. You can get UTI from sexual intercourse – FACT!
4. Pregnancy raises the risk of UTIs – FACT!
5. UTI can clear up on its own – MYTH!
Blue Cross One Step Urine Home Screening UTI Test is a fast and easy to use home screening test kit for qualitative detection of nitrite and leukocyte that helps to detect urinary tract infections at an early stage. This also helps you to save time and money for medical costs if left undetected ad untreated.
How to use
1. Urinate directly onto the test strip for 1-2 seconds or collect the urine sample using a specimen container and dip for 1-2 seconds.
2. Lay the test strip in an absorbent material and wait for 2 minutes.
3. Compare the color reaction of the test strip with the color chart and discard result 30 seconds after reading time.
UTI can be painful and annoying if not detected and treated early. Have yourself checked with these easy to use UTI test kit from the comfort of your home. For someone who’s prone in having UTI like me, I should keep some of these at home!
Retail at P150/box of 3 tests, P68.75/test strip.
Also available: One Step Urine Pregnancy Test Deluxe Plate, One Step Urine Home Screening Ovulation Test, One Step Urine Home Screening UTI Test for Kids
Available in Watsons, South Star Drug, Generika, Rose Pharmacy, Metro Pharmacy and other leading drugstores nationwide.
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