The renal system is a group of organs responsible for the production, storing, and elimination of urine. It is responsible for waste elimination, regulating blood volume and pressure, controlling electrolyte and metabolite levels, and regulating blood pH.
It has been noticed that there has been an increase in the number of people suffering from Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) during Ramadan. That is because the body faces extended periods of dehydration during fasting and is not replenished with enough water and liquids. Consuming enough amounts of liquids is important for regulating kidney function and getting rid of bacteria that can cause recurring cases of UTIs.
Here are some recommendations for avoiding UTIs during fasting or avoiding their re-occurrence:
- Consuming at least 6-8 cups of water (2 liters) over an extended period of time between iftar and suhoor. Drinking a lot of water in a short period of time would increase pressure on the kidneys and cause dehydration.
- Do not be afraid to consume water if you have a burning sensation during urination.
- Avoid using pain killers as it would mask pains from UTIs and make the infection worse.
- Drinking a cup of cranberry juice or taking cranberry supplements fights UTIs as cranberries have acids that fight bacteria that causes UTIs.
- Visiting a nephrologist when you have one or more of the following symptoms: pain or a burning sensation during urination, wanting to go to the bathroom but not being able to urinate, sharp increase in body temperature, pain in the groin area, or noticeable change in urine color or smell.
- Go to the bathroom and urinate as soon as you need to as storing urine for extended periods of time would increase chance of UTIs.
- Avoid perfumed soaps and menstrual products.
- When anti-bacterial is prescribed by a doctor to treat a UTI, finish the prescription even if you no longer have the symptoms.
- There are a lot of herbal drinks that can be beneficial, but we recommend that you consult your doctor before you do so.
Palestine Hospital wishes you health and a blessed Ramadan.