TN reports Increased Urinary Tract Infections cases during Winter
TN reports Increased Urinary Tract Infections cases during Winter

Number of Cases of urinary tract infections (UTI) and related issues have increased with the cold weather. The cold weather puts an additional strain on the bladder as it leads poor hydration habits and promotes a sedentary lifestyle, which further aggravates urinary conditions. The experts say, the cold weather places added pressure on the bladder that causes a condition called interstitial cystitis. 

It is also called as a painful bladder syndrome, doctors said this particularly cold winter has triggered this condition. Dr Saravanan, consultant nephrologist, Apollo Hospitals, said, “In addition, there is a drop in hydration owing to the weather. The sedentary lifestyles have decreased sweat production, which is another way the body controls water levels. During the pandemic, these practices have increased, causing a higher number of cases in the city". If left unattended, it can cause upper and lower urinary tract infections. Long-term impacts of leaving UTIs unattended can cause kidney damage, said doctors. 

Dr Moorthy, Senior Consultant, Paediatric Surgery & Paediatric Urology, Rainbow Children’s Hospital said, "“Many parents have taken to using diapers more often. In that case, the chances of infections in the anal cavity are higher. Children can contract kidney issues that will cause issues during puberty. Parents need to be vigilant". To sort out the issue, doctors recommend good hygiene, hydration and forming a habit out of the two, early discussion to your healthcare provider and avoiding over-the-counter antibiotics, owing to possible complications and mistreatment.

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