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FYI- This may or may not be helpful but to prevent urinary tract infections my doctor advised me to shower only (no baths) and to use unscented soap. I use Dove. Have not had a UTI since following her suggestions.
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Hi, @ainsleigh — that is very helpful, indeed, as other members have faced challenges with urinary tract infections (UTIs). I wanted to call attention to the tips you posted to prevent these infections to some members who've mentioned UTIs like @pizon @victoryohvictory @smartchick43 @mpeters @upartist @victoryohvictory and see what thoughts they may have on them. @hopeful33250 may have some thoughts on this, too.
Have you missed the scented soaps and baths since taking these suggestions, @ainsleigh?
No I have not-it is just great not to be having UTIs!!
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I'm happy that you found such an easy answer to the UTI problems and I especially appreciate your sharing your experience.
At Mayo Connect we all learn from each other and this is another good example of that ongoing education.
Thanks so much. I switched to Dove soap a long time ago due to allergies. However, taking showers only is a new behavior for me and I appreciate your validation that baths are no longer on the menu for me.
A couple of you had talked about taking some measures to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in this discussion. We've had a number of members mention UTIs in other Connect discussions, like @shoregal45 @contentandwell @smith818 @picster @victoryohvictory @rosemarya @safetyshield @boredsilly @huffman1835 and @renarikiw, and I thought they might be interested in how things have gone for you and may have some input of their own on how they've managed UTIs.
@mpeters – has it worked okay for you to only take showers now?
@ainsleigh – have you had any more infections since moving to the unscented soap and showers only?
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I have used un scented products for a long time, on the advice of my Mayo allergist. I learned about showers only, on this site. I can’t believe how simple this is, and that no one in the medical fields told me about it. Also, I feel silly for not knowing it myself. Since changing to showers I have been uti free. I went through all the urology tests and aside from a little muscle weakness, I am fine. In fact there was a caveat on that finding because there are no age norms for the test. The urologist recommended double voiding. To add to my feeling of being a little lacking in common sense, the doctor was not sure that I actually had that many uti’s since I was diagnosed during travel at urgent care centers, on the basis of symptoms and urine tests, with no physical exam. I may have had just a yeast infection, but a new type I had never had before. Wishing all of you best of luck with your issues, and hoping the upcoming holidays are bright and happy.
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Have not had even one UTI since moving to unscented soap and showers only!
@lisalucier Actually I am not 100% sure that I have had a UTI. When I first had episodes of confusion (HE), one of the possible causes mentioned was UTIs and I tested very low but was put on an antibiotic regardless. Of course now we know that UTIs were not the cause, and also I have learned that a very low number generally does not mean you have a UTI. The old thinking was that urine was sterile. That is no longer considered to be true.
Now, due to my immunosuppressants, I tend to be very careful about hot tubs. I don't want to tempt fate. I have used the one at my health club a few times when I have been in the pool for an hour or so and noticed that no one had been in the hot tub during that time. I assume that in an hour any germs in there would be killed by the chlorine. My transplant surgeon, when I told him that and asked him if it was OK, said he would leave it up to my discretion.
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