What can I do to avoid a bladder infection?

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Do these things to prevent and manage a bladder infection (urinary tract infection):
  • Drink 8 glasses of water each day. This is good for the urinary system.
  • Urinate often. Don't hold urine in for a long time. Keep things moving!
  • Wipe from front to back when you go to the bathroom. That way, bacteria from your bottom won't be spread forward, where they can get into your urinary system.
  • Urinate right after sex. This helps keep bacteria out of the urinary system.
  • For women, stay away from "feminine" sprays, douches, or powders. They cause problems for many women.
Many bladder infections are caused by bacteria entering the bladder through the urethra. To avoid this, keep the genital and anal areas clean, especially before and after sexual intercourse. Keeping the urinary system flushed through appropriate fluid intake and by not waiting to urinate is also important. If you are a woman, avoid using a diaphragm with spermicides. If you smoke, quit smoking. If you suffer from recurring bladder infections be certain to see your doctor to rule out other possible causes.