Cloudy urine is by and large a sign of urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs are almost always caused by bacteria and at times by viruses, fungi, and parasites. In UTIs caused by yeast infection, Candida albicans is usually the main organism involved. Candida along with various bacteria forms a part of the normal flora. When the bacteria are eliminated due to antibiotic treatment or in people with impaired immune system or patients with catheter in the bladder or in diabetics, yeast infection results, characterized by cloudy urine, pain and burning during urination. Women are more likely to get UTIs than men because of anatomical reasons as their urethra is shorter and closer to the anus.
Cloudy urine due to urinary tract infections are extremely common and are usually caused by bacterial invasion from the anus to the urethra or from mechanical grazing by micro-crystals of calcium phosphate in urine leading to inflammation and infection of the urinary tract. If a yeast infection is suspected to be causing cloudy urine, it is always better to have it confirmed by your doctor before starting antifungal medication. A bladder infection left untreated for a long time could progress into a kidney infection, which is much more serious.
The most effective remedy for yeast infection has been the age-old "grandmother's remedy" of drinking cranberry juice. Researchers have recently found that cranberries contain chemicals that cause the urine to become acidic thus preventing the yeast from multiplying. It is also believed to contain substances that prevent the pathogens from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. Drinking cranberry juice is safer than using antifungal medications. These medications are not only toxic causing serious side effects but also their indiscriminate use can lead to resistant infections which are difficult to treat.
Several precautions can prevent urinary yeast infections and are listed below.
1. After urination or a bowel movement always wipe from front to back to prevent spread of pathogens.
2. Answer nature's call as quickly as possible. Holding urine in the bladder is an invitation to infections.
3. Keep the genital area clean and dry.
4. Urinate soon after sexual activity.
5. Use cotton underwear instead of silk or synthetic fabrics. Avoid tight-fitting clothes. Underwear with a cotton crotch will help prevent infection.
6. Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and citrus juices till infection clears.
7. Avoid douching, feminine sprays, scented toilet paper, deodorant tampons, and harsh washing detergents.
8. Most important, avoid sugar in any form. Yeasts thrive on sugar, making the infection that much more difficult to eradicate.
9. Built up resistance by eating a balanced diet, exercise, rest, and avoiding stress.
Cloudy urine due to yeast infections crop up due to imbalance in the physical, emotional, and mental factors of the body. Antifungals will only eliminate the symptoms without removing the cause, resulting in recurrent infections. The only way to get out of this vicious cycle is to go for holistic cure. This will help you internalize good eating and living habits and teach you ways to relieve stress. A healthy immune system will keep yeast infections away.