Are You UTI Aware?

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body,
but many people are unaware of the signs and symptoms that they present.

Anyone can get them, but they’re particularly common in women. They can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, but usually pass within a few days. Although they can be easily treated by antibiotics, it’s a good idea to take preventative steps to avoid an infection.

The three Worcestershire CCGs have recently launched a new campaign, aimed at raising awareness of urinary tract infections - UTIs -  to help people take action to avoid getting one.

Some people will have many signs, some fewer and the UTI Aware campaign highlights some of those that it’s important to look out for:
 
• A need to urinate more
• Pain or discomfort when urinating
• Sudden urge to go to the toilet
• Feeling as though you’re unable to empty your bladder fully
• Pain low down in your tummy, side or back
• Urine that’s cloudy, foul smelling or contains blood
• Feeling generally unwell, achy and tired

 

Are you UTI aware?
Staying hydrated has a huge part to play in helping you avoid getting a UTI, so as part of the campaign in Worcestershire people are being encouraged to take part in the five day ‘Hydration Challenge’.

Take the Hydration Challenge ....

This is a challenge to people to film themselves over a five day period drinking a glass of water, making a pledge and posting the videos on Facebook, tagging: @UTIAware
in the text to help raise awareness of the campaign.

More information about UTIs, including how to get involved in the ‘Hydration Challenge’ can be found at: fb.com/UTIAware/