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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be painful and uncomfortable. More than one in three women will have received antibiotic treatment for the condition at least once by the time they reach the age of 24.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be painful and uncomfortable. More than one in three women will have received antibiotic treatment for the condition at least once by the time they reach the age of 24.

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Recommendations from NHS Choices to reduce the potential for infection include:

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and help clear bacteria from the urinary tract.

Visit the toilet as soon as you feel the need to urinate.

Unfortunately, some evidence suggests these options are often unavailable to many practising nurses. A current research study by this author exploring nurses as role models in health promotion has unexpectedly uncovered worrying data on the issue.

The researcher was aware that recurrent cystitis and UTIs were accepted as

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