March 20, 2019
Home remedies for UTIs
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can occur in any part of the urinary tract. The kidneys, bladder, urethra and ureters could also be affected. Besides your doctor’s help and the use of antibiotics, there are home remedies you can try to further ease UTI symptoms.
March 20, 2019
How to know if you have injured a kidney
Most of us suffer from back pain at some point. In fact, it’s estimated that lower back pain affects between 30% and 80% of us, and the risk increases with age. Your lower back bears the weight of your upper body, which means that it experiences a lot of stress and strain as you sit, stand and move. While back pain isn’t always serious, it could be a sign that something else is going on in your body. One of these causes is a kidney problem.
January 23, 2019
All you need to know about incontinence
Incontinence is any involuntary loss of urine from the bladder. It’s a widespread condition that can range in severity from a small leak to complete loss of bladder control. Faecal or bowel incontinence is a similar condition, resulting in a loss of control of bowel motions, and release of wind from the bowel. Urinary incontinence is an unfortunate by-product of poor bladder control and affects almost twice as many women as men. This is because events like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause distress the bladder, urethra, and the muscles that support these organs. Urinary incontinence is most often a symptom of…
November 30, 2018
What to do when there’s blood in your pee
Do you need to see the doctor if your pee has blood in it? Unless you are a woman and are currently menstruating, the answer is Yes! it’s not normal to have blood in your pee. The colour of your urine says a lot about your health. What’s more concerning is spotting blood in it which could appear red, maroon, pink, or like a dark, smoky colour. Haematuria Haematuria is what doctors call it when you have there’s blood in your urine. In rare cases, red urine may be caused by certain foods or medicines. You may or may not…
May 6, 2017
5 reasons you’re not weeing
Weeing isn’t something you need to think about doing; it just happens. But lately, that has been a (wee) bit difficult. Trips to the loo have become painful. And, worst of all, you don’t know why. The reason for your weeing woes could be one of these: 1. You’re dehydrated. Dehydration is when there isn’t enough water in the body, as a result of not getting enough fluids, or excessive fluid loss. It usually happens when you’re sick with diarrhoea or vomitting, and can’t replace the fluids you’re losing fast enough. When this happens, your kidneys retain as much fluid…
April 28, 2017
It hurts when I wee – what could it be?
Pain or discomfort during urination (also known as dysuria) can be caused by many different conditions. A common one you may be familiar with, is urinary tract infection. But what if it isn't an infection? How do you treat it and when do you need to see the doctor? The three main culprits 1. Urinary tract infections A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a common reason for burning wee. It's most common in women, but can also occur in men. The infection can be found anywhere along the urinary tract, from the kidneys, all the way down to the…
April 12, 2017
Are you at risk for kidney disease?
Chronic kidney disease is on the rise in South Africa, and we’re not looking too healthy. It’s estimated that at least 15 percent of South Africans suffer from kidney disease. Why such a dire statistic? The kidneys are major organs in our body and support a lot of different functions of the other organs. Think of the kidneys as key supporting actors in your body. How kidneys work in the body These bean-shaped organs are filters. Every day, the kidneys sift through about 150 litres of fluid of which about 148 litres of useful substances like protein is cleansed and…
April 6, 2017
5 reasons you’re weeing all the time
When nature calls, we really have no choice but to answer. However, running to the bathroom one too many times a day can say much more about the state of your health than what you might think. The average bladder can hold about one and a half to two cups of urine during the day and the average adult should urinate about six times a day. If you find yourself running to the loo more than six times each day, you might be at risk of illness. It is important for the bladder to be emptied regularly and completely because…
March 8, 2017
What you need to know about kidney stones
You feel like you’re on your deathbed. Waves of pain are attacking from every angle; in your side, below the ribs, your groin… the pain makes it near impossible to wee! You could have kidney stones. Symptoms that make grown men cry You will know it by its array of symptoms ranging from extreme pain (pretty much everywhere), pink, red or brown urine, nausea, vomitting, and urinating more than usual. And don’t forget the agony that comes from urinating – intense agony. How they are formed Kidney stones form when waste materials in the urine do not dissolve completely. Some…