Renal failure patients are more susceptible to urinary tract infections and it is especially common in women patients. If frequent UTI is not well controlled or if effective treatment is delayed, it can in turn worsen renal damages, cause renal fibrosis and further loss of kidney functions.
The following are how to effectively treat urinary tract infection for renal failure patients so as to help ease symptoms, control illness progression and protect residual kidney functions.
Antibiotics. Timely and proper use of antibiotics according to the result of urinalysis can effectively bring the infections under control.
Drink more water. During the onset period of urinary tract infection, patients should have more fluid intake to improve urine output so as to help flush more bacteria and viruses from the urinary tract. Avoid alcohol, coffee, cola and other caffeine-containing drinks. Drinking the juices of fresh vegetables, fruits and some herbal teas can also help relieve the symptoms of urinary tract infections.
However renal failure patients often have swelling in their legs, ankles, feet and other parts due to fluid retention. In case of edema, patients should limit water intake.
Avoid spicy foods. Hot and spicy foods can irritate the urinary tract and worsen the symptoms of urinary tract infection and make urination difficult.
Avoid acid foods. If the urine is alkaline, it will prevent the formation and growth of bacteria and it can also help enhance the curative effects of antibiotics. High-sugar foods should also be avoided.
When urinary tract infection is well controlled, renal failure patients can suffer less and it can help protect their residual kidney functions.
For those that have frequent UTI or frequent relapse, Chinese medicines can help regulate internal disorders, address renal failure by repairing renal damages and recovering renal functions so as to prevent and treat urinary tract infection from the very root.
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