Many times, people are not sure whether they have a bladder infection or whether they have a yeast infection. Vaginal yeast infection can lead to bladder infection. The infection travels into he bladder and in some cases, even into the kidneys. If you are undergoing such confusion, it is recommended you read this post carefully.
Bladder infection is caused by bacteria being introduced into the urinary tract. During the course of yeast infection, the infection can introduce itself into the bladder through the secretions emitted from the vagina. If treatment is not sought the infection can spread into the kidneys which can be very serious.
Symptoms include: pain and burning during urination, the feeling that you need to urinate often but not much urine is produced, pressure in the abdomen or lower back. Fever can also be present.
There are things that can be done to hasten recovery. Drinking cranberry juice helps to fight bladder and urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice is a diuretic and has a high acid content, which helps fight the bacteria. Drink plenty of water each day, wear loose clothing and women should urinate before and after intercourse to clear any bacteria from the area. These things can be tried first if you do not want to go to a doctor immediately. However, if symptoms persist, it is very important to seek medical attention. Usually, bladder infections are treated with antibiotics for one to two weeks. Finishing the course of treatment is important to clear all of the infection from the system.
The irony of bladder infections is that they require the use of antibiotics to eliminate the infection. By following this treatment, you may be setting yourself up for vaginal yeast infection because the antibiotics increase the fungi levels. So it is important to take preventative action to avoid a vaginal yeast infection if you are prone to them. Using plain yogurt to counteract the extra yeast being produced by the antibiotics may help keep a vaginal yeast infection at bay. Dip a tampon into plain yogurt and insert into the vagina. This puts the active cultures right where they are needed to help maintain balance.
Because vaginal yeast infection and bladder infection can go hand in hand, it is important to take the necessary precautions to control the infections before they start. Make sure you are doing everything you can to keep the path between vagina and urinary tract clean, take preventative action if antibiotics become necessary to fight a bladder infection so that an imbalance does not occur and leave the door open to a vaginal yeast infection.