No-one likes feeling under the weather, but wheelchair users are unfortunately prone to bladder infections which tend to occur suddenly. These are extremely uncomfortable, and the burning sensation when urinating, along with all the other symptoms, are very unpleasant.
Considering I’ve been in a wheelchair for many years, I’ve picked up on a few things that either cause the infection or aggravate it even further. So, I’m going to provide you with 5 things that make your bladder angry, to ensure that you don’t pick up any nasty infections.
Many people believe that lemon tea is great for the diet, and in most cases, they definitely are. But, I’ve found that it actually upsets the bladder if you drink too much of it. Now, this isn’t just relating to lemon tea; there are plenty of acidic fruits, such as pineapple, grapefruit, and lime, that will have the same negative effect.
Therefore, I recommend that you don’t drink too much lemon tea, or incorporate too many alternative acidic fruits into your diet.
You’re probably wondering how caffeine has ties to bladder infections in wheelchair users, right? Well, as you probably know, anything with caffeine in dehydrates the body a lot, which doesn’t allow the bladder to perform optimally.
This could be things like coffee, green tea, and energy drinks, so it’s best to monitor how much caffeine you’re consuming. If I do consume caffeine, then I’ll make sure to drink plenty of water to compensate for the dehydration. Usually, this will be twice as much as my usual intake, so around four liters throughout the day.
Again, alcohol is another one of those substances that quickly dehydrates the body as you drink it. Of course, we all like to enjoy ourselves and have a glass of wine or bottle of beer from time to time, but it’s important to consume enough water to keep your system hydrated. If not, you’ll most likely notice an infection the next day.
So, I’m not saying you need to restrict yourself from living your life, but to prevent a bladder infection, have some water with you as well.
Generally, public toilets are tremendously dirty, even if they may have a clean appearance. You see, there is a multitude of people that use public toilets, and it only takes one of them to pass on bacteria for you to pick up a bladder infection.
If you can wait till you get home, then that’s the best option. But, if you desperately need to go, then just make sure it’s clean because if you hold it in for too long, that could also cause infection.
Wheelchair users often use catheters to make it easier to go to the toilet. But, as you’re inserting it into your body, it’s crucial that you ensure it is clean before you use it. This includes disinfecting the catheter itself and also making sure your hands and body are spotless as well.
One last thing that can really help, is turmeric. Arguably, turmeric is the most powerful natural inflammatory in the world, and if you’re travelling, it can be convenient to just mix some turmeric into your drink. This will have a positive impact on your body, and you’ll notice the difference in your urine.