How to avoid UTIs and bladder problems at festivals this summer, according to an expert

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  People use the toilets at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 25, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is the largest greenfield festival in the world. It was started by Michael Eavis in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid just £1, and now attracts more than 175,000 people  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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A GP nurse has shared some helpful advice for anyone who’s worried about getting ill at festivals this summer. You might be used to coming home with a cold, sore throat or pounding headache, but when you’re in the midst of a festival, going for a pee may be more than a simple inconvenience.

Making sure you’re hydrated is important, but you may face some bladder issues should you not be properly looking after your health - and dehydration in the heat can give you some major pain in the back. Carmel Deane, general practitioner nurse and Femfresh ambassador, explained that dehydration could increase your risk of getting a urinary tract infections (UTIs).

She told Metro: “Dehydration is a significant concern at festivals and can increase your risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). To mitigate this, it’s crucial to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol, as these can contribute to dehydration.”

While it might be tempting to start drinking booze early on at festivals, this can increase your chances of becoming dehydrated. Try to alleviate its effects by drinking water between your pints.

Another factor which could affect your urinary health is your choice of clothing. Festivals have become fashion shows and runways for the masses, but Carmel recommends avoiding the likes of tight bottoms, scratchy sequins and certain fabrics.

Woman drinking water in a carnival block.
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Woman drinking water in a carnival block. Belo Horizonte Carnival

She said: “Wearing tight or uncomfortable clothing can create an environment conducive to yeast and bacterial growth, leading to thrush and other infections.”

Festival goers should also make sure they don’t ignore the urge to go to the toilet. It may be annoying losing your perfectly positioned spot in front of the stage, but don’t compromise your health.

Make sure you’re going to the toilet regularly, as ignoring the urge can stretch and weaken your bladder, according to Carmel. But watch out for cleanliness of the toilets too, so keep some antibacterial hand sanitizer with you for some extra cleanliness.

Carmel also warned about having sex at festivals, not only can it risk your chance of UTIs but also sexually transmitted infections. The likes of condoms, intimate wipes or washing before and after sex helps minimise the risk of infections.