Ever wondered why the incidence of cough, cold and flu spur in the winter months? As the winter months set in and the environmental temperatures begin to drop, the air becomes drier. For obvious reasons the water consumption reduces in these months. The overall scenario leads to dehydration, causing the increase in episodes of cough, cold and flu.
But besides these infections, the incidence of UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) takes an upswing. Although an insignificant number of bacterial microbes are always present in the body, the dehydrated stage leads to their growth and breeding. Such infections extend and impact the bladder, kidneys, ureters and the urethra.
Highlighting the importance of water in the body, Dr. Anant Kumar, Chairman – Urology, Renal Transplant, Robotics, and Uro-Oncology Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket said, “Our bodies suffer from UTI in winters as we stop drinking water. While we can invest in any warm beverage rather than icy water when it comes to wintertime, it’s still critical to maintain the water intake. Consumption of less water, especially during winter is one of the main causes that worsen UTI.”
Thus drinking lots of water, even during the winter months, is crucial. A few lifestyle changes may also help reduce or eliminate the occurrence of bladder infections:
- Change undergarments daily: As women are more prone to UTI, they should consider changing their undergarments twice a day.
- Wear cotton undergarments: Cotton undergarments are comfortable and help keep the vagina dry. Bacteria thrive in warm and moist environments.
- Don’t hold urine: Holding back urine is the main reason for bacteria to grow and multiply. Urinating as soon as you feel the urge is crucial.
- Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays: Vagina self regulates itself to maintain its pH balance. Douching, spraying or using other feminine hygiene sprays changes the equilibrium, spurring the incidence of UTI.