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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are primarily bacterial infections that affect the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Common bacteria that can cause UTIs include Escherichia Coli (commonly known as E coli), Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Proteus and Klebsiella.Our physicians will request a urine analysis to examine your urine. In some cases, they may use a cystoscope to view the inside of the bladder.
In most cases, an antibiotic will clear up the infection. However, if the infection is related to an anatomic abnormality, kidney stone or enlarged prostate, further treatment may be necessary.Preventative measures:
Women who suffer from recurring UTIs may require low doses of antibiotics over several months.
Symptoms of typical urinary tract infections may include:
Infections that have spread to the upper urinary tract and kidneys may have more noticeable symptoms, such as:
Women typically have higher infection rates because their urethra is short and so close to the vagina and anus. They are more likely to have UTIs if they have uterine prolapsed, postmenopausal due to decreased hormone production or as their sexual activity increases.
Men with kidney stones, enlarged prostates and poor bladder control are at higher risk for UTIs.
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