Extreme discomfort while urinating, pain or burning, may be one clue that you have a UTI. But don’t ignore other symptoms, including:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, the doctors at Total Urology Care can diagnose and treat the cause of your discomfort. A urine test is needed to diagnose a UTI and antibiotics are prescribed to clear up the infection.
Bacteria causes urinary tract infections. The infection can occur in the kidneys, bladder, or urethra, but is more commonly seen in the bladder or urethra.
In women, the bacteria usually comes from the gastrointestinal system. This is due to the proximity of the urethra, the tube that leads to the urinary tract, to the rectum.
In men, infections usually occur due to an inability to completely drain the bladder from narrowing or blockage, which might be caused by an enlarged prostate.
No one is immune to UTIs. However, women are four times more likely to get an infection than men. That’s because the urethra is shorter in women, so the bacteria doesn’t have far to go.
People with diabetes and spinal cord injuries are also at greater risk of developing a UTI.
Whether you’re prone to UTIs or one infection was more than you could handle, you may wonder what you can do to prevent another occurrence.
The most important thing to prevent a UTI is to drink plenty of water. The more water you drink, the more often you’ll have to urinate, which helps flush out bacteria.
When it comes to urination, if you have to go, go. Don’t hold it in, especially if you have frequent UTIs. Holding in urine may increase bacterial growth and risk of infection.
Wiping from front to back is also important in preventing UTIs, especially for women. This pushes the bacteria away from the urethra.
If sex is a common cause of your UTIs, make it a routine to urinate after intercourse. Using lubrication is also recommended.
If you have more than three UTIs in a year, the doctors at Total Urology Care of New York may suggest treating with a small dose of antibiotics every day.
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