UTI Q & A
What is a urinary tract infection?
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection of any portion of your urinary system, including your urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. The most common type of UTIs are those that affect the urethra and bladder.
What causes UTIs?
Urinary tract infections are caused when bacteria from your large intestine, anal area, or vagina reach your urethra and grow in there Women are more likely to develop UTIs than men due to anatomical differences, such as shorter urethra etc. Because there is less distance between a woman’s anus and urethra, bacteria like E. coli have a far shorter path to travel.
Bacterial contamination can occur in a number of ways, but the most common are due to bathroom hygiene habits and sexual intercourse. The best way to prevent urinary tract infections is by maintaining strict front-to-back wiping after using the bathroom and voiding after the intercourse. This flushes the urethra and can clear out bacteria before it begins to multiply and cause an infection.
What are the symptoms of UTI?
- A burning sensation during urination
- Urinary frequency and urgency
- Pain or pressure in your lower abdomen or back
- Urine that is dark, cloudy, or that smells odd
- Fever or chills
If you notice symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kandinov right away to begin treatment.
How are UTIs treated?
Fortunately, treating most UTIs requires just a simple course of antibiotics. Be sure to come in for a diagnostic exam to ensure that your symptoms are the result of a UTI and not another issue. Dr. Kandinov explains the proper dosing schedule, and you must adhere to those guidelines to effectively fight off the infection.
What can be done to treat chronic UTIs?
If you experience three or more UTIs in a year, you may need a different treatment plan to avoid recurring infections. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Kandinov will advise a treatment specific to your needs.
You can help prevent UTIs by:
- Staying properly hydrated
- Taking cranberry supplements or drinking cranberry juice
- Thoroughly cleaning your genital area after sex
- Wiping front to back after using the bathroom
- Wearing cotton underwear and avoiding tight clothing that traps moisture
- Voiding after sex
Be sure to schedule a diagnostic exam with Dr. Kandinov if you show signs of UTI. You can book an urgent care appointment online or by phone.