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A urinary tract infection is a common name for ‘ inflammatory diseases ‘ that occur in the urinary tract. Urinary tract infections and cystitis are most commonly seen in the bladder, known as the bladder, and in the lower urinary tract, where urine is excreted from the bladder. Urinary tract infections, which every woman of reproductive age experiences at least once in her life, significantly reduce her quality of life.

In addition to special periods at home such as pregnancy and menopause; diabetes, prostate enlargement, weakening of immunity, intense sexual activity, and urinary tract infections can be more common in cases such as the installation of a urinary probe.

What should you do to protect yourself from urinary tract infections and to treat them more easily?

Women are at risk…

More than normal, frequent urination, pain or burning during urination, weakness, high fever, foul-smelling urine, frequent urination and urgency, which leads to symptoms such as urinating small amounts, despite complaints urinary tract infections, due to the anatomical structure, women are more easily develop. Because the urinary tract is shorter, the outflow of the urinary tract is close to the vagina and anus, urinary tract infections are about 10 times more common in women compared to men.

Cleaning after the toilet is very important…

The bacteria that most often cause urinary tract infection, E. coli Bacillus called coli and found in feces. Always clean after the toilet from front to back to prevent feces from getting into the special area and causing infection! Cleaning from back to front can cause germs in the feces to infect the urinary tract. Because urinary tract infections are also common in children, teach your children to clean the right toilet.

The urinary tract is also washed…

Our blood, which is in constant circulation in our body, reaches our kidneys to filter out harmful waste. 10 percent of the total thousand 800 liters of fluid that comes to our kidneys every day is filtered, and 180 liters of fluid passes through the kidney tubes. Our kidney cells absorb 99 percent of this fluid back and a total of 1-2 liters of urine is excreted. In other words, our kidneys process about 2 tons of water every day and eventually produce up to 1.5 liters of urine, maintaining the fluid balance of our body. Tea and coffee consumption has a diuretic effect and leads to the loss of fluid about 2 times its volume. Therefore, drinking at least 2 liters of water or herbal tea per day protects you from infection by washing your urinary tract.

Beware of birth control…

Decongestment after sexual intercourse, calendar method (ovulation day tracking), birth control drugs, condoms, diaphragm inserted into the vagina, use of spiral, use of spermicide cream and washing the vagina after sexual intercourse are among the most commonly used birth control methods. Although the correct method of birth control may vary depending on the couple’s preferences and lifestyles, diaphragms and spermicide creams placed in the vagina disrupt the vaginal flora, causing germs to settle more easily in the area. This condition also lays the foundation for the development of urinary tract infection!

Maintain hygiene after the relationship…

As there are many diseases that can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, microbes that lead to urinary tract infections can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. This transmission may apply to the transition of both sexes to each other. A small toilet immediately after sexual intercourse to remove germs that may be transmitted from the partner and thus prevent urinary tract infections stands out as a practical measure.

Special area hygiene is important…

In women, the urinary tract is close to the genitals and large intestine, which can lead to bacteria in the vagina and anus being easily transmitted to the urinary tract. In Normal conditions, bacteria are prevented from forming infections in the genital area and urinary tract thanks to the excellent defense mechanism of the vagina and the valve mechanism, which makes it difficult to pass from the lower urinary tract to the bladder. But insufficient genital hygiene can invite vaginal infections and urinary tract infections. Do not forget that excessive genital hygiene and washing the special area with shampoo and detergent substances also increase the incidence of genital and urinary tract infections, clean your special area only with warm water and pH-neutral soap.

Don’t take antibiotics on your own…

Antibiotics only provide treatment for diseases caused by bacteria, can not treat diseases caused by other factors, such as viruses and fungi. Antibiotics often disrupt the flora of the intestine and vagina, reducing the harmful bacteria that lead to infection, as well as the beneficial bacteria in our body. The most important reason for the appearance of undesirable conditions such as diarrhea and vaginal yeast infection in the treatment of antibiotics is this deterioration in the flora. One of the most important points about antibiotic therapy is that this treatment is personalized. The choice of antibiotics is made by the doctor according to the type of bacterium that makes up the disease and the condition of the patient. The duration of antibiotic use is at least as critical as its choice and dose. When this condition is ignored, for example, when the patient leaves the antibiotic without completing his treatment because he feels good, microbes that have decreased in number in the body begin to multiply again, or a new generation of micro-organisms resistant to this antibiotic develops. As with all infections, in urinary tract infections, you should use antibiotics only on the recommendation of a doctor, and not on your own.

Herbal plants have healing…

Traditional herbal medicinal products, including red cantaron, wild celery and rosemary, also show pain relief, spasm solvent, preventing microbes from sticking to the urinary tract and fighting infection. In this way, it is safely used to reduce symptoms of urinary tract infection such as pain, burning and cramping, reduces the frequency of recurrence of the infection and can prevent 84 percent of patients from needing antibiotic treatment.

When should you see a doctor in Turkey?

Although 97 percent of simple lower urinary tract infections can be treated without causing an unwanted picture, reaching the upper urinary tract and kidneys of the infection can lead to serious pictures that may require hospitalization.

If your symptoms and complaints of a urinary tract infection that we detail in the article do not improve within 3 days, if you have severe malaise and pain in your kidney area, if your temperature is above 38 °C and you have a bloody appearance in your urine, contact your Turkish doctor or medical institution in Turkey immediately.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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