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Unable to change undergarments/shower for week due to illness. Test neg. for uti/female infection. Can bad hygiene cause irritation without infection?

Unable to change undergarments/shower for week due to illness. Test neg. for uti/female infection. Can bad hygiene cause irritation without infection?

Time is relative: One day in the same underwear is too long for some people, while one week is fine for some people. It's not now long a person stays in the same underwear that matters, but what happens during the time in that underwear. Like life itself, what matters most is not how long one lives, but actually what one does during his lifetime. In general, a couple of days in the same underwear is plenty long. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What causes urinary tract infections in women?

What causes urinary tract infections in women?

Your own bacteria: Urinary tract infections (UTI) come from bacteria already living on your perineal ("bottom") area. These "bad" bacteria that cause UTI are usually kept in check by other "good" bacteria living in the same area. Reasons women get infections are multifactorial (multiple reasons) including sexual activity, state of immune system, anatomy, bladder function, genetic predisposition, possibly diet, etc. ...Read more

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What causes most women's urinary tract infections?

What causes most women's urinary tract infections?

Intercourse: Many urinary tract infections in women occur after sex because the vaginal and rectal areas are so close to the urethra where women urinate from. Sex allows bacteria from these close areas to be spread toward the urethra. Urinating immediately after sex can decrease the number of infections. If they are still frequent, sometimes doctors will prescribe a medicine to take each time after sex. ...Read more

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Why are females more prone to urinary tract infections v males?

Why are females more prone to urinary tract infections v males?

Anatomy.: The urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the exterior of the body. Women have a shorter urethra than males, so bacteria have easier access to the bladder. Also, female urethras are close in proximity to the anus and vulnerable to contamination by gut bacteria. Bacteria from the anal area, such as e. Coli, are a common cause of UTI in women, especially those who are sexually active. ...Read more

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Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?

Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?

Anatomy: The male and female urinary tract is different when it comes to anatomy. Females have shorter urethras than their male counterparts. A shorter urethra makes it easier for bacteria to travel up the urethra to the bladder. The urethra in a female is also closer to the rectum allowing for a shorter distance for bacteria to travel. This is why proper hygiene is recommended for females to prevent uti. ...Read more

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

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

Anatomy: The bladder's opening, or urethra, and the vagina are in close proximity. Intercourse may force bacteria into the bladder. However, endometriosis may often feel like recurrent uti's . Check with your physician. True recurrent UTI may be suppressed by longterm low dose antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I stop having urinary tract infections and why do I get them all the time, 26y female?

Several reasons: Majority of the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTI) are bacteria that live in our intestines. Sexual activity can lead to frequent uti, also consider anatomical problems that may exist which have not been diagnosed yet. Most frequently UTI occur due to improper wiping after urination. I would see an urologist to help with this issue. ...Read more

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Would a brand new hot tub only used by me- still potentially cause infections such as uti or yeast infection in a woman?

Would a brand new hot tub only used by me- still potentially cause infections such as uti or yeast infection in a woman?

Yes: it is the soap and salts that cause it not the bathtub. Also the length of time you spend in it. Long soaks can kill goid bacteria in your vagina therefore causing yeast infections. ...Read more

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I am 24 year female from last one year iam sufferng from frequent urination problem but i did not have diabaties and UTI and blader infection evry thi?

I am 24 year female from last one year iam sufferng from frequent urination problem but i did not have diabaties and UTI and blader infection evry thi?

Overactive bladder: Need to rule out interstitial cystitis. Overactive bladder, most common cause of urinary frequency. Suggest u check out urology care foundation of the american urologigic association at www.Urologyhealth.Org. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative medicines that may treat urinary tract infections in women?

Are there any alternative medicines that may treat urinary tract infections in women?

Not really: Increase fluids and follow symptoms. If not improved in a couple of days, call your doctor as a short course of antibiotics is usually curative very quickly. ...Read more

Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


Dr. Martin Raff
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more