Urethritis, the medical name for an inflamed urethra, can be prevented by keeping bacteria and viruses out of your urethra. These bacteria and viruses are often transmitted through sexual contact, so practicing safe sex is one of the best ways to prevent urethritis. However, other behavioral changes can also reduce your risks.
Tips for Preventing Urethritis
Simply having a healthy urethra can also reduce your risk of developing urethritis. Some good urinary tract habits include:
- Drinking lots of water to keep fluid flushing through the urethra. Blackberry and cranberry juice can also help remove viruses and bacteria from your system.
- Avoiding common bladder irritants, including acidic foods, spicy foods, foods with artificial sweeteners, and caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
- Showering and changing underwear regularly.
- Drying underwear in well-ventilated, sunny areas to prevent bacteria breeding.
- Avoiding contact with common urethra irritants, including spermicides and scented soaps.