The joys of the monsoon season and savor the respite from the scorching heat, it’s crucial to remain aware that alongside the delightful weather, the rainy season can usher in a host of health concerns that might disturb your tranquility. Despite your fondness for this season, it’s of paramount importance to exercise caution, as the monsoon can heighten the risk of contracting a urinary tract infection (UTI). Surprisingly, UTIs are quite prevalent during this period, primarily due to the abrupt weather changes that weaken the immune system, rendering individuals more susceptible to infections.

The damp and humid conditions characteristic of rainy days contribute to an environment conducive for bacterial growth, further escalating the likelihood of falling prey to a UTI. So, while you cherish the monsoon season, it’s essential to remain vigilant and take preventive measures to safeguard your health.

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Prasad Kulat, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Ankura Hospital in Pune, disclosed, “A UTI occurs when bacteria enters the urine and begins to grow and spread. Typically, this bacterial infection starts in the opening of the urethra and moves upwards into the urinary tract. If left untreated, the infection can cause damage to the kidneys. Symptoms of a UTI include pain and burning during urination, frequent and uncontrollable urge to urinate, dark and foul-smelling urine, fatigue, intense lower abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Therefore, if you experience these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention without any negligence. The treating doctor will prescribe medication after evaluating you. Avoid self-medicating as it can be dangerous for you.”

Dr Prasad Kulat advised, “Drinking adequate water can help eliminate toxins from your body, promoting good health. Saying goodbye to alcohol, coffee, colas, or sodas may cause bladder irritation. Steer clear of spicy, oily, processed, and junk food. Avoid holding in your urine: Urinating when you feel the need is important to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause a urinary tract infection. Refrain from using chemical-laden products when it comes to the vaginal area.”

Additionally, he suggested, “It is important to avoid douching, sprays, powders, or deodorants that contain harmful ingredients as they can cause irritation, pain and a burning sensation in the vaginal region. Opt for breathable undergarments such as cotton and change them daily. Give priority to keeping good personal hygiene. Avoid wearing tight clothing as it can lead to moisture being trapped in sensitive areas. Choose loose-fitting skirts or pants to improve blood circulation and prevent the growth of bacteria. When wiping, make sure to go from front to back to avoid spreading bacteria to the vagina or urethra. Adhere to these tips and you will surely be able to stay in the pink of health.”


The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a health advice. We would ask you to consult a qualified professional or medical expert to gain additional knowledge before you choose to consume any product or perform any exercise.

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