These things may help prevent you from getting a UTI:
- Drink enough fluids. Regular drinks, like water or squash will boost hydration and help your body stay healthy. The NHS Eatwell Guide recommends that people should aim to drink 6 to 8 cups or glasses of fluid a day. Water, lower-fat milk and sugar- free drinks, including tea and coffee, all count.
- Keep up with personal hygiene. Wash, or shower daily where possible especially if you suffer from incontinence.
- Keep the genital area clean and dry
- Check and change incontinence pads often. If they are soiled, they should be changed right away.
- Wipe from front to back when you go to the toilet.
- Wash the skin around the genitals with water before and after sex
- Go for a pee as soon as possible after sex.
- Do not reduce how much you drink. Regularly drinking may mean more trips to the toilet. If you are having difficulties getting to the toilet or worried about incontinence discuss this with your doctor or a nurse who will be able to help you.
- Do not hold onto your pee, go to the toilet as soon as possible when you need to.
- Do not use irritating products such as scented soaps, gels, and sprays around the genital area.