Urinary Tract Infection Treatment Questions and Answers
Urinary Tract Infections can cause a lot of issues within the body, and cause much discomfort in terms of symptoms. If you are noticing any signs or symptoms from a Urinary Tract Infection, call us today or book an appointment online to get tested and treated.We are located at 622 W Duarte Rd. Ste. 305 Arcadia, CA 91007.
What are the symptoms of Urinary tract infection?
Urinary Tract Infections can be unusual compared to other infections, as they do not always show signs or symptoms, so many patients do not know they have an infection, so they do not bring up the issues with their doctor, on the other hand, many patients do, and these symptoms include:
- Strong, persistent need to urinate
- Burning sensation when going to the bathroom
- Passing small frequent amounts of urine
- Urine that appears cloudy
- Urine that has red, bright pink, or even soda (cola) colored which is a sign that you have blood in the urine
- Strong-smelling urine
- Women can have some pelvic pain – especially in the center of the pelvic and around the area of the pubic bone
Urinary Tract Infections are often overlooked and can be mistaken for many other conditions. Make sure to talk to your doctor and get checked on the regular to keep risks at bay and stay healthy.
Each individual urinary tract infection can result in more specific signs and symptoms; however, this will depend on which area the urinary tract has become infected.
- Back or side pain
- High fever
- Pelvic pressure
- Lower ab discomfort
- Frequent and sometimes painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Burning when urinating
What causes Urinary tract infection?
Urinary Tract Infections normally occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and that is when it begins to multiply in the bladder. The urinary tract system is designed to keep such bacteria out, these defenses can however fail, and when they do, the bacteria can take hold and grow into a full-blown infection which is known as a urinary tract infection.
Some of the most common urinary tract infections often occur in women and usually affect their bladder and urethra.
The infection in the bladder is normally caused by E. Coli, which is a type of bacteria that is commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract.
Sexual intercourse can cause issues and lead to cystitis; however, you do not need to be sexually active to develop a urinary tract infection. Many women are at a much higher risk of cystitis due to their anatomy, particularly due to the short distance of the urethra to the anus and then to the urethral opening to the bladder.
Infections that are found in the urethra often occur when the gastrointestinal tract bacteria spreads from the anus to the urethra. This is due to the female anatomy where the urethra is close to the vagina, so sexually transmitted infections like herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and mycoplasma also cause urethritis.
Who is at risk for Urinary tract infection?
As stated previously, women are at a much higher risk of infection of the urinary tract, this is due to the female anatomy and how the female body is created. Females have a much shorter distance from the urethra to the anus, making it a lot easier and faster for bacteria to enter the urethral opening in the bladder and quickly enter the urethra.
Simply things including sex can cause a urinary tract infection.
When to see a doctor for Urinary tract infection?
If you start noticing signs or symptoms of a urinary tract infection, that is a good time to call your clinic and make an appointment with your physician for a UTI test.
Even if you are not showcasing any signs or symptoms of a urinary tract infection, you should be scheduling check-ups with your doctor as a means to go over your health and take any exams including a urine sample, pap smear, and blood tests to rule out any issues you may not know you are dealing with as they aren’t showcasing any signs. This way your doctor is able to help treat any medical health issues that come up quickly to get you back on your feet faster.
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