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Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) - Symptoms & Treatment - Dr. Robert Matthews



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UTI stands for urinary tract infection

it tends to incorporate a number of

different entities to include kidney

infections bladder infections prostate

infections those can be given other

names but they all have in common

typically bacterial infection of the

urinary tract and then urinary tract

infections typically show up as

prostatitis that is they feel they have

to go the bathroom more often they're

frequently voiding in small amounts

sometimes they have to push to enable

their bladder to get the urine past a

swollen in therefore enlarged prostate

gland sometimes there will be blood

associated with that usually not but

sometimes there can be prostatitis and

men should be treated initially with a

month-long course of antibiotic therapy

the month-long course

minimizes the risk of recurrence in the

in the next 6 to 12 months urinary tract

infections and then the vast majority of

time are of unknown cause a urinary

tract infection is not a sexually

transmitted disease in either men or

women your new tract infections in women

are far more common than they are in men

and have far greater not only prevalence

but recurrence rates in women as well

there are a number of things that women

can do to avoid urinary tract infections

for things I always cover with women

number one is after they go to the

bathroom they should wipe from front to

back

not back to front because that brings

contaminants normal bacterial flora from

the vagina onto the wreath row which can

put them at risk for infection second is

they're under clothes should be cotton

through the crotch area

third they should empty their bladder

shortly after sex certainly before going

to sleep for the night and some women

are set up for urinary tract infections

if they take baths particularly with

additives in the water compared to

taking showers that said there are some

women who just are prone to urinary

tract infections and there are a number

of ways to handle those for an isolated

infection or two one every year routine

antibiotics when you have symptoms or

appropriate some women require

suppressive antibiotics for three months

or more at a time where they take an

antibiotic pill each night before

bedtime in order to establish a

sterilized bladder that does not have

any bacteria and then they go on from

there to have a more normal pattern

without recurring infections few other

things to note about urinary tract

infections and women particularly is

they can progress to

to what's called pyelonephritis or

kidney infection with some speed

bladder infections tend to present lower

tract irritative symptoms burning with

urination going frequently small volumes

with each urination kidney infections

are are typically distinguished with the

hallmark fever chills and flank pain

that presents a greater challenge

accurate it's a more serious illness and

needs prompter attention than a nuisance

type of urinary tract infection

affecting only the bladder additionally

a bladder infection can also show up

with hematuria that is blood in the

urine they can be seen usually caused by

the infection but sorting out whether

it's caused by the infection or some

other cause is the job of a urologist