A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. UTI are common infections that happen when bacteria, often from the skin or rectum, enter the urethra, and infect the urinary tract. The infections can affect several parts of the urinary tract, but the most common type is a bladder infection (cystitis). The symptoms can be painful—like an urgent need to pee that doesn’t go away—and may require you to get antibiotics from your doctor.
Colder weather makes our bodies colder
When our bodies are cold, our immune system isn’t as effective at fighting off infection. So, we’re more likely to get sick in winter. But there’s another reason why you might be more likely to get a urinary tract infection (UTI) in the winter: colder weather makes our bodies colder.
Fluids help prevent UTI
Drinking plenty of fluids is one of the best ways to prevent UTIs. That’s because it helps flush out bacteria before it has a chance to reach the bladder. But during winter, we tend to drink less water and other fluids because we’re not as thirsty. We also spend more time indoors, where the air is dryer. All of this can lead to dehydration, which makes us more susceptible to UTIs. So make sure you’re drinking enough fluids during the winter months, and if you start feeling like you might have a UTI, see your doctor right away.
Urine gets infected easily in winter
One reason you may be more susceptible to UTIs in winter is that bacteria thrives in cold, damp environments. That means your urine is more likely to become infected if you’re exposed to bacteria when it’s cold outside. Additionally, your body’s immune system may be weaker in winter, making it harder for your body to fight off infection. dehydration can also make you more susceptible to UTIs, and many people don’t drink enough water in winter because they don’t feel as thirsty. Finally, tight clothing that doesn’t allow your skin to breathe can also increase your risk of developing a UTI. So, if you want to stay healthy this winter, make sure to drink plenty of fluids and wear loose-fitting clothes.
Minimize your chances by peeing after sex
Urinary tract infections are most commonly caused by bacteria entering the urethra and infecting the urinary tract. The chances of this happening are increased during winter for a few reasons. First, cold weather can lead to dehydration, which concentrates urine and makes it more likely for bacteria to survive and multiply. Second, people are more likely to stay indoors during winter, which increases the chance of bacteria being passed from person to person. Finally, dry indoor air can irritate the lining of the urethra, making it more susceptible to infection.
Use warm water to wash with
There are a few things you can do to help prevent winter UTIs. One is to make sure you’re washing properly. That means using warm water, and avoiding any harsh soaps or scrubs that could irritate the skin. Be sure to wash all over, including under the foreskin if you’re male. And don’t forget to dry off thoroughly afterwards.
Do not wear tight underwear all day long
Wearing tight underwear all day long can cause bacteria to build up and spread. The warm, moist environment is also ideal for bacteria to grow. Additionally, tight underwear can irritate the skin and make it more likely for bacteria to enter the urethra. So, if you want to avoid getting a UTI, it’s best to wear loose-fitting underwear during the day.
Drink cranberry juice on a regular basis
Drinking cranberry juice is one of the most effective ways to prevent UTIs. Cranberries contain compounds that can inhibit the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract. They also act as a diuretic, helping to flush out bacteria. Cranberry juice is most effective when consumed on a regular basis. Drink it daily, or at least every other day, to help prevent UTIs.
Drink lots of water
It’s no secret that staying hydrated is important for your health. But did you know that drinking lots of water can also help prevent UTIs? That’s because water helps flush out bacteria that could otherwise cause an infection. So if you’re prone to UTIs, make sure to drink plenty of fluids during the winter months. And if you do get a UTI, be sure to drink lots of water (and other fluids) to help flush out the infection.
Go outdoors more often
There are a few reasons for this. First, cold weather makes us wear more clothes, which can trap bacteria close to the urethra. Second, dry winter air means we’re more likely to get dehydrated, and dehydration can make it harder for our bodies to fight off infection. Finally, our immune systems tend to be weaker in winter, making us more susceptible to infection.