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Sunday, December 30, 2018
A superfood is rich in one or a few micronutrients. And only multivitamins and other non herbal vitamins and minerals can provide a person with sufficient daily micronutrients. Take a certain supplement for specific purposes. Example: Biotin is good for skin and hair and finger nails.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)
A CAUTI, or a UTI associated with a catheter, is common if you have an indwelling catheter inside your urethra.
Symptoms are similar to a general UTI and include:
bloody or cloudy urine
gritty particles or mucus in your urine
urine with a strong odor
pain in your lower back
chills and fever
There are multiple ways bacteria or fungi can get into your urinary tract and cause a CAUTI:
via your catheter
if your drainage bag isn’t emptied properly
if your catheter isn’t cleaned often or correctly
if bacteria from feces gets on your catheter
HOW TO CARE FOR A CATHETER
To care for an indwelling catheter, clean the area where the catheter exits your body and the catheter itself with soap and water every day. Also clean the area after every bowel movement to prevent infection.
If you have a suprapubic catheter, clean the opening in your belly and the tube with soap and water every day. Then cover it with dry gauze.
Drink plenty of fluids to help prevent infections. Ask your provider how much you should drink.
Wash your hands before and after handling the drainage device. DO NOT allow the outlet valve to touch anything. If the outlet gets dirty, clean it with soap and water.
Sometimes urine can leak around the catheter. This may be caused by:
Catheter that is blocked or that has a kink in it
Catheter that is too small
The wrong balloon size
Urinary tract infections
Complications of catheter use include:
Allergy or sensitivity to latex
Blood infections (septicemia)
Blood in the urine (hematuria)
Kidney damage (usually only with long-term, indwelling catheter use)
Urinary tract or kidney infections
Bladder cancer (only after long-term indwelling catheter)
Call your provider if you have:
Bladder spasms that do not go away
Bleeding into or around the catheter
Fever or chills
Large amounts of urine leaking around the catheter
Skin sores around a suprapubic catheter
Stones or sediment in the urinary catheter or drainage bag
Swelling of the urethra around the catheter
Urine with a strong smell, or that is thick or cloudy
Very little or no urine draining from the catheter and you are drinking enough fluids
If the catheter becomes clogged, painful, or infected, it will need to be replaced right away.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
What causes urine color to change?
As mentioned above, the color of your urine is primarily determined by how much water you’ve had to drink. When you drink lots of water, your urine can become so light that it appears to be almost clear. The less water you drink, the darker your urine will become.
Diet, vitamins, and minerals
Diet can also be a factor. The color of all-natural foods (such as berries and beets) can interact with pigment to create a different color. Heavily processed foods can contain high amounts of food dye. This dye will interact with the pigment as well.
B vitamins, such as riboflavin (B-2) and cobalamin (B-12), are also known for causing fluorescent yellow-green urine. If you take supplements or multivitamins, they may be the source of your brightly colored urine.