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Urinary Tract Infections

  • 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.

    Treatment

    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:

    • Drinking water
    • Urinating when necessary
    • Wiping from front to back to reduce spreading bacteria
    • Cleansing the vaginal region before intercourse
    • Avoiding vaginal hygiene sprays

    Women who suffer from recurring UTIs may require low doses of antibiotics over several months.

    Symptoms

    Symptoms of typical urinary tract infections may include:

    • Painful urination (dysuria) or buring sensation
    • More frequent urination
    • Constant urge to urinate
    • Feeling the bladder is constantly full or fullness in the recturm for men
    • Abdominal discomfort
    • Cloudy or milky urine
    • Bloody urine

    Infections that have spread to the upper urinary tract and kidneys may have more noticeable symptoms, such as:

    • Fevers
    • Chills
    • Feeling of general discomfort
    • Pain between the ribs, abdomen or flank

    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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    Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) 
    American College of Surgeons 
    American Urologic Association (AUA) 

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