Medical experts have warned the general public to take seriously the issue of Urinary Tract Infections, adding it could lead to potentially life-threatening complications if left untreated.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, the experts say UTI is an infection in any part of human urinary tract system, including the kidney, ureters, bladder and urethra.
According to the Managing Director, Ternopil State Medical University in Ukraine, Egbete Chimaobi, he said the dangers of being lackadaisical towards treating UTI is unpredictable.
“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.
The medical practitioner said women were likely to develop a UTI than men.
“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,” Chimaobi said.
Dr Olorunsogo Ayodeji, General Hospital Keffi, Nasarawa state, however, said “there are preventive measures to curb UTIs’’.
“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.” He said.
Another medical practitioner, Dr Iorwuese Charles, Police Hospital, Ado, Ekiti State, said that rain could be a contributor to UTIs.
He added that the rain adds to the growth of the micro-organisms, adding that body wears, especially underwears should be changed at intervals.
Charles, therefore, advised people to practice good personal hygiene, wearing underwears made of breathable fabrics and hydrating adequately.