GENITOURINARY IS­SUES

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If it burns when you pee, you prob­a­bly have a UTI. Nasty itch­ing in the lady parts? It might be a yeast or bac­te­rial vagi­nal in­fec­tion.

PACK Pyrid­ium for UTIs, Mon­i­stat or an­other an­ti­fun­gal if you know you’re prone to yeast in­fec­tions PRE­VENT Keep clean (read: wet wipes), es­pe­cially when ro­man­tic ac­tiv­i­ties are in­volved. Wear quick-dry undies to pre­vent sweat buildup.

TREAT Stay­ing well-hy­drated can be enough to flush a UTI, but over-the-counter drugs speed things up. Pos­i­tive you’ve got a yeast in­fec­tion? Use an over-the-counter an­ti­fun­gal medicine. Not sure? See a doc­tor.

EVAC­U­ATE if a UTI wors­ens, as the in­fec­tion could spread. Also hike out if you have any tes­tic­u­lar swelling or pain; that can in­di­cate a con­di­tion that re­quires se­ri­ous med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

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