Bladder infections are uncomfortable and can often be reoccurring if the proper treatment and preventative measures are not taken. Before we think of how to clear up bladder infections we need to understand how bladder infections occur so that you can stop them from happening in the future.

Bladder infections are usually caused by a common gut bacteria called E.coli. This bacteria can be passed via the rectum and then get passed to the urethra. Once the bacteria travels up the urethra it can attach itself to the bladder wall and multiply. Usually the excess bacteria and germs can be passed when urinating but when the bacteria spreads quickly, urination is not enough to rid the bladder of bacteria.

Females are more prone to bladder infections because of the position of the urethra in relation to the rectum. The female urethra is closer to the rectum and so it is easier for bacteria to travel to and up the urethra. Many women experience bladder infections after sexual intercourse and also during pregnancy. During pregnancy women experience hormonal changes and so this may provide a particularly habitable environment for bacteria.

There are a number of other factors which could cause in both females and males. The aged are also more prone to infections and which could be due to immobility. Surgery in the urinary tract and the insertion of a catheter in the urethra have also caused the infections in the past.

Males too get although not as often as females. A male may get an infection for no reason other than bacteria overgrowth or there may be a more serious underlying cause. An enlarged prostate could be the cause of infection or long standing bladder and kidney problems. Diabetes also can cause the condition.

If you suspect that you have developed a bladder infection here are some of symptoms that are typically linked with such discomfort.

  • Unpleasant smelling urine
  • Though the bladder is empty there is a pressing need to urinate
  • Urine is not clear but cloudy
  • Burning or painful sensation when passing urine