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The Dangers of Urinary Tract Infections

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The Dangers of Urinary Tract Infections

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor

Urinary tract infections (UTI) aren’t just a nuisance – they can cause serious health problems.

Symptoms of UTIs

A urinary tract infection happens when bacteria in the bladder or kidney multiplies in the urine. Many elderly are unable to express when they are experiencing the symptoms of a UTI. That’s why for some, the first signs aren’t always as obvious as they would be in a younger person. Caregivers should have their loved one checked out for a UTI if the following symptoms suddenly appear:

  • Confusion, or delirium-like state
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Other behavioral changes
  • Poor motor skills or dizziness
  • Falling

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Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly originally appeared on AgingCare.com

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9:08AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

good to know

5:50AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:19AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

10:49AM PDT on May 25, 2012

Thanks

9:23AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Thank you

7:34PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:13AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

A great article.

6:40AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Good information. I've been hearing of UTIs being more prevalant than previously; someone I know who works with children tells me that even young children are getting them. And more and more powerful antibiotics are being used to treat them. A friend of mine suggested the use of a product called Cranactin to prevent UTIs, but it will not cure them. Thanks to all those who comment on this issue. It is an important health issue.

11:10AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

None of the store products work for me. If you're a lady, and you know the maddening pain, doctor visits, nasty antibiotic prescriptions, and repeat visits associated with recurrent UTI. Please note, I'm not a doctor, and UTI's have the potential to turn into serious bladder infections, and a bladder infection cannot be gotten rid of without some hardcore antibiotics.

The Lady Soma Detox is the only detox product on the market that prevents my UTI's. I take as directed, and never have to experience a UTI as long as I drink a lot of water. You have to drink tons of water (and that alone is not what prevents the UTI, believe me). I don't know how it works, I just know it does. This is totally anectodal. Always see your doctor. Good luck!

8:10PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thanks for info unfortunately I recently had a UTI. It was no picnic!!!

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