E coli in urine

E coli in urine i.e. Escherichia coli in urine is a bacteria causing infection in urinary tract.  Urinary tract infection affects people of all ages, both males and females. Bacteria grow easily in urine, and 1 bacterium gets multiplied to around hundred thousand bacteria in just 2 hours.

Infection of urine can be due to presence of bacteria in the bladder or it could be due to contact of the skin with bacteria at the time of passing the urine. If it is due to urine infection then pus cells known as pyuria can be found in urine which includes pain while urinating.

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Upper urinary tract infection or pyelonephritis is an infection that spreads to kidneys whereas lower urinary tract infection or cystitis is an infection limited to the bladder. The two infections are due to abnormal presence of e coli bacteria in urine.

These bacteria are present in the warm-blooded animals in its lower intestine and usually it is harmless. But when it enters into urethra, through which urine is passed out, it results in infection in urine. Females have high chances of getting infections than males but it can be treated easily if symptoms are properly recognized.

Symptoms of E coli in urine

Some of the symptoms of e coli in urine are as follows:

  • Frequency and urgency to urinate: One of the most common symptoms is the increase in the frequency and urgency to urinate. Also there could be difficulty in urinating. One could get the feeling of burning sensation or get very bad cramps. Even though there is increase in the frequency of urine its volume of output is the same. Usually young boys and girls suffering from urinary tract infections may wet bed, both during day and night time. Mostly in children, the urgency to urinate may result in unintentional loss of urine as well.
  • Abnormal appearance of urine: Urinary tract infection due to e coli in urine could lead to unusual changes in the appearance of urine. It could look cloudy, dashed with blood or have foul and strong odor. Urinary tract infection could cause a mix up of bacteria, white blood cells and blood due to which urine appears to be thick and not clear. It could also look like pink, brown or red as per the presence of blood in urine.
  • Dysuria: Dysuria is one of the symptoms of urinary tract infection. In dysuria a person suffering from urinary tract infection due to e coli bacteria gets a burning sensation or very bad, intense pain while urinating. It is a common symptom which is experienced by males, females and children as well.
  • Diarrhea, vomiting and nausea: Infants and children, when they vomit and suffer from diarrhea and feel nauseated, then it means they are suffering from urinary tract infections or e coli in urine.
  • Pain in abdomen, back, flank or pelvic areas:  If the person is suffering from upper urinary tract infection then it may cause pain in the flank or back, both for adults as well as children. But if the person is suffering from lower urinary tract infection then it results in intense pain in adults. For children they may have pain in abdomen or pelvis
  • Fever: For children, if they are suffering from upper of lower urinary tract infection then fever could be one of the symptoms. For adults, when they suffer from upper urinary tract infection they may have fever but not when they suffer from lower urinary tract infection.

Diagnosis of E coli in urine

If the above symptoms are noted then it advised to consult a medical expert for diagnosis. It can be done through simple analysis of urine.

Treatment of E coli in urine

Following are some of the treatments for e coli in urine:

  • Over –the-counter medicines: Some urinary tract infections due to e coli are not very serious and can be treated with over the counter medicines like Azo and Urisat. These are available in the form of tablets and have to be consumed orally for around ten days. But one vital point is all these tablets will only ease the pain and burning sensation but not cure it. Therefore it is advised to take fluids, mostly water in large quantity along with the medicines. This will help to flush out the e coli in urine. But if the condition does not improve then one has to consult a medical expert.
  • Antibiotics: Usually medical experts prescribe antibiotics to cure urinary tract infection due to e coli. Some of the antibiotics are amoxicillin, nitrofurantonin or trimethoprim. As per the seriousness of the infection the medical expert will prescribe the antibiotics for a particular number of days or weeks.
  • Cranberry juice treatment: When a person suffers from urinary tract infection very badly then home remedies are opted for, rather than antibiotics. One such option is cranberry juice. It is consumed to flush out the e coli bacteria. It is said to be a source of vitamin C. Vitamin C increases the pH in urine which prevents the e coli to live in urine. Also cranberry juice has antioxidants that help in preventing e coli from joining to the wall of the urinary system, as it could grow there and multiply further. Also pure cranberry juice has to be consumed, as cranberry cocktail can worsen the infection.
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One Response to "E coli in urine"

  1. cathy says:

    i have ecoli in uretha cant get rid of it im drinking 100% cranberry juice northlake
    i now will try d-mannose.i have tried to many antibotics none have worked HELP

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