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Do bubble baths and bath bombs cause UTIs or yeast infections in women? I love bubble baths, but heard this and was worried it was true...

Do bubble baths and bath bombs cause UTIs or yeast infections in women? I love bubble baths, but heard this and was worried it was true...

No : The vulva is a sensitive region. Some women find contact with certain chemicals irritating. This may include scented soaps or bubble baths. For other women this causes no problems at all. It will not cause infection. If based on your past history you enjoy bubble baths then you are welcome to continue ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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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

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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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Why do women get urinary tract infections?

Why do women get urinary tract infections?

UTI: short distance from anus , vagina and feces to uretheral orifice. I would go to wikipedia for more details and discuss with you Dr. As your reasons may be different from most. ...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

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Why do pregnant women get urinary tract infections?

Why do pregnant women get urinary tract infections?

2 reasons: 1) pregnancy is associated with greatly increased levels of circulating estrogen, which in turn causes ureters and bladder to enlarge temporally + reduces force of smooth muscle contraction and impaired ureteral and bladder emptying. 2) enlaging uterus pushes bladder forward causing possible obstruction at bladder neck and impaired emptying. Retention of urine predisposes subjects to develop utis. ...Read more

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Can large labia minoras be why women get frequent UTIs/bladder infections? Maybe the bacteria gets trapped?

Can large labia minoras be why women get frequent UTIs/bladder infections? Maybe the bacteria gets trapped?

Many factors.: There are many things which predispose women to UTIs. Women naturally have shorter urethra, which allows bacteria easier access to the bladder. Hygiene is also an issue (wipe front to back, always, after using bathroom). Obesity & large labia can cause obstruction, predisposing to UTIs. Genetics also plays a part - if your mother or sister had frequent UTIs, you're likely to as well. HopeThisHelps ...Read more

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Healthy 35 yr old female. Pneumonia in March then sweat gland infection in July and now UTI. Is this bad? Blood work in April was all normal. Please

Healthy 35 yr old female. Pneumonia in March then sweat gland infection in July and now UTI. Is this bad? Blood work in April was all normal. Please

Mgt: Most likely these are separate and unrelated if you are otherwise healthy and have a normal CBC test. P Proper nutrition and seeing your physician to discuss whether your immune system is normal is advised. If you have any risk factors for HIV, they can order a screening test. ...Read more

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Hi. Would like to know with kidney stones in both kidneys are u more prone to UTI infection.Had 10 in. In a year.Female. Thank you:)?

Hi. Would like to know with kidney stones in both kidneys are u more prone to UTI  infection.Had 10 in. In a year.Female. Thank you:)?

See below: Kidney stones cause blockage or ripples in the flow of urine and sometimes the blckage may be complete.Uti can be a cystitis ie a blader infection alone, or pyelonephritis ie a infection upto the kidneys.Prescence of a stone or many stones cause a susceptibility to infection, and it would advisable to seek a urologist to eliminate the stones and also try and prevent new ones. ...Read more

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I am female, over 60/concerned that the fleshy part of my external urethra is a bright red. What causes this? I do not have a UTI or yeast infection.

I am female, over 60/concerned that the fleshy part of my external urethra is a bright red. What causes this? I do not have a UTI or yeast infection.

May be a caruncle...: What you described most likely represents the occurrence of urethral caruncle - a 0.5-1 cm papular lesion from protrusion of posterior aspect of urethra, which is benign & usually asymptomatic, occurs to menopausal women, and requires no Rx, but occasionally still needs some Rx to shrink it or remove or biopsy it. Detail? Ask urologist timely. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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