What can I do to prevent urinary tract infections when I self-cath?

 

We all have bacteria on our bodies, also call bacterial colonization, and anyone who performs clean intermittent catheterization will naturally have bacterial colonization in their bladder. Bacteria need 3 things to survive; darkness, heat, and moisture, which are all found within the bladder environment. The more often you cath and maintain the recommended approach of intermittent self-catheterizing, or “cathing”, every 3-4 hours will help to get rid of some of the bacteria throughout the day. Always hydrate yourself well with water and keep high sugared drinks to a minimum. Dehydration may increase the risk of getting a urinary tract infection.

Learn more about how to prevent and treat infections at our Infection Assistance Center.

Prevention Tips

 


Adjusting to cathing can be tough. You might find yourself dealing with a range of practical, physical and emotional challenges. You don’t have to figure it out alone. Call and talk to a member of the me+ support team today. Call 1-800-422-8811 (M-F, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM ET).

 

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