Bladder and Urinary Tract Infections

How to Cope with a UTI at Work

Elsie Goycoolea
By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: June 3, 2018
How to Cope with a UTI at Work

As a result of a bacterial infection of the bladder and urinary tract a person can contract a urinary tract infection (UTI). The bladder and kidneys are responsible for transporting urine outside of the body; thus if you have a UTI you may experience symptoms such as a burning sensation when urinating, sudden urge to urinate, pain in the lower abdomen and a overall weakness. If you are experiencing these symptoms at work and are unable to seek medical treatment there are some measures that you can adopt to alleviate the discomfort.

In this oneHOWTO article we share helpful advice on How to Cope with a UTI at Work.

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Steps to follow:


First of all, to cope with UTI at work, respond to your body’s cues. This means that if you feel the urge to go to the bathroom don’t resist the urge. You might think that it is a psychological symptom if you just came back from the bathroom but you will see that it helps reduce the discomfort. Make sure that you are following proper hygiene in order to avoid worsening of the symptoms.


Choose garment options with breathable features and wear loose clothing. Verify that your workplace environment is well ventilated or if possible move closer to an area with open windows. Humidity is contraindicated as it can propel new infections or accentuate existing ones. If you need to stand often, go ahead, as that will help reduce moisture and keep the infected area dry.


If you are experiencing lower abdominal pain you can place a heating pad on your lower area and remove it every 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat this process as often as needed. An alternative option would be to use a familiar painkiller such as ibuprofen. Take always the lowest dose and read the prescription label. Make sure that you have taken the painkiller before and that you are aware of any contraindications.

How to Cope with a UTI at Work - Step 3

One of the best ways to cope with an UTI at work is to avoid coffee and other stimulating beverages in your break times and opt for these better choices.

You must hydrate your body with plenty of water especially during the warmer months so that it helps flush out the bacteria. You can add 1 tsp of baking soda or sea salt to a large glass of water in order to replenish missing electrolytes.

You may opt for a ginger or turmeric tea, which contain high anti-inflammatory properties or cranberry juice recommended for urinary infections.

If you are attending a business lunch avoid high fattening or spicy foods. Opt for smaller plates and ingredients with a high water content.

How to Cope with a UTI at Work - Step 4

If the symptoms of the UTI worsen, don’t hesitate to contact your workplace’s medical professional or if needed request an absence leave to go to the hospital. Calling your doctor may help you find a temporary solution so that you can finish your day of work.

The doctor may prescribe antibiotics for severe cases, or they may refer you to a specialist. The urologist can help determine if there is an underlying cause prompting the symptoms.


How to Cope with a UTI at Work - Step 5

In order to prevent further UTIs make sure you follow proper hygienic practices, avoid stress by engaging in relaxing and meditative practices and take precautionary measures if you are sexually active.

Here you can learn other ways to treat an inflammation of the urinary tract.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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