A UTI Shouldn't Be On Your To-Do List This Vacation

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Tips on How to Avoid an UTI

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After putting time and effort into planning a vacation, it can be upsetting to finally arrive at the destination, then find yourself facing a painful urinary tract infection (UTI), making you want to crawl into bed rather than go sight-seeing. According to a Cystex® survey conducted by Harris Interactive, UTI is among the top two ailments that can ruin a romantic vacation, second only to "diarrhea/stomach upset."    

A UTI's symptoms, including lower pelvic pain, frequency and urgency to urinate, painful urination, cloudy foul-smelling urine and sometimes general flu-like symptoms, are all likely to put a damper on vacation-related activities.

If you suffer from recurrent UTIs, or will engage in activities that increase the chance of getting one, infection prevention is key to ensuring a fun, UTI-free vacation. According to Elizabeth Kavaler, MD, a New York City urologist specializing in female urinary issues and the author of "A Seat on the Aisle, Please! The Essential Guide to Urinary Problems in Women (Copernicus Books), "If you're someone prone to UTIs, plan ahead and make sure to pack Cystex® with your bikinis and sunscreen." Cystex®, she says, is an over-the-counter urinary pain relief and prevention product that will not only help with the pain of a UTI, but also help slow the progression of the infection until you arrive home and can make an appointment with your healthcare provider who will take a urine culture, which is necessary for an accurate diagnosis.

Dr. Kavaler also advises to stay hydrated. "In between sipping champagne or frozen cocktails, be sure to drink plenty of water and limit your consumption of alcohol to minimize becoming dehydrated. Water will help cleanse your system, ridding your bladder of unwanted bacteria. Also, urinate regularly and empty your bladder completely each time to help flush out the bacteria."

Unfortunately, while you're away from home, you'll have to use public restrooms more frequently than you might like, so before you leave home, check out The Bathroom Diaries at Cystex.com, which rates and reviews public restrooms, including hours of availability, details about cleanliness, and safety from a personal perspective. If you follow this advice and still get a UTI while you're away, try Cystex®, the over-the-counter urinary pain relief and prevention product that will help with the pain of a UTI and also slow the progression of the infection with an extra ingredient -- methenamine -- that helps stop bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract. (Other UTI products sold over-the-counter do not have this bacteria-fighting ingredient,) When used as a preventative treatment, Cystex® should be taken before any situation or activity that might cause the infection. Always follow the instructions on the package.

Cystex® is a unique urinary analgesic sold over-the-counter that combines a pain reliever for temporary relief of the burning and discomfort of urinary tract infections (UTIs), with an anti-bacterial agent that helps slow the replication of the bacteria until you see your healthcare provider for definitive diagnosis and treatment. To learn more about urinary tract infections and to see the Bathroom Diaries ladies' room finder, visit http://www.Cystex.com.


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