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

We all have bacteria on our bodies, also call bacterial colonisation, and anyone who performs clean intermittent catheterisation will naturally have bacterial colonisation 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-catheterising, 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 Centre.

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Adjusting to cathing can be tough, 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 support team today, on 010 880 3833.