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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a connection between bubble baths and urinary tract infections (utis)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: Bubble baths/scented shampoos/ dirty bath water all have been linked to uti's in females from toddlers to adults. These agents can trigger irritation directly or leave a soapy film on female genitals. If not well rinsed, it may remain & trigger itching/redness/drainage. Bacteria may accompany the irritation & make the short trip to the bladder. I rarely see it in males, different parts.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes: Bubble-bath use is responsible for many utis. Bubble-bath with a little water can travel up a female urethra. This causes irritation and possible inflammation of the urethra and bladder, this damages protective layer of urethra and bladder lining so bacteria can attach to + invade bladder lining cells and a UTI results. More common in little girls than mature women. Bb should carry warning re utis.

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Does holding it in cause urinary tract infections (utis)?

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It can: It gives more time (if they are there) for bacteria to grow.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Why are some people more suseceptible to uti's (urinary tract infections) than other people?

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Dr. Patricio Gargollo
Pediatric Urology 22 years experience
Depends : Infections of any kind are caused for a variety of reasons. Uti's are no different. Getting a UTI depends on the type of bacteria, the strength of the immune system (immunocompromised people are much more prone to all infections), gender ( females are more susceptible to uti), and underlying medical or urologic conditions ( ex, diabetes, stones).

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