Medical practitioners who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria have warned Urinary tract infections may lead to life-threatening diseases if left untreated.
Urinary tract infections (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary tract in the human body.
The Managing Director of Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine, Doctor Egbete Chimaobi said “When UTIs are left untreated, it can lead to Sepsis and Abscess, which is an extensive and more serious form of any infection, especially in women.
“UTIs can lead to major infertility as women who are pregnant would experience premature labour and miscarriages.
“UTIs could also lead to kidney failure and cancer of the bladder,” he said.
Speaking further, Doctor Egbete noted women are more vulnerable to developing UTI as they have wider openings and shorter urethra.
“Women are most likely to have UTIs because they have wider openings. And women have shorter urethra which means the bacteria have a shorter distance to travel.
“These bacteria reach the bladder and causes problems.
“Another reason is the use of diaphragms as birth control methods which increases the risk of UTIs,” he said.
Another medical practitioner who spoke on the issue, Dr. Olorunsogo Ayodeji of the General Hospital Keffi, Nasarawa spoke on how to prevent UTI.
He said, “there are preventive measures to curb UTIs’’.
Ayodeji told NAN that: “UTIs don’t always cause sign and symptoms, but when they do, it may include strong,
persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, strong -smelling urine.
“Others are passing small amount of urine, urine that appears cloudy, urine that appears red, cola coloured blood in the urine and pelvic pain, and in women centre of pelvis and around the pubic bone area.”
Doctor Iorwuese Charles of Police Hospital Ado-Ekiti identified the weather as a factor that can influence the spread of UTI.
“Rains and humidity make for a perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth, leading to infection.
“Rains and humidity encourage the growth of microorganisms. Also during the rainy season clothing are different.
“People tend to wear tight clothes which provide damp environments for microorganisms with increased risks, the moisture during this season encourages the proliferation of bacteria thereby contributing to UTIs,” he said.