Treating Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infection

Most urinary tract infections (UTI), in an otherwise healthy person, are caused by germs that get into your urinary tract via your urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder to outside of your body. The germs that can cause a UTI live naturally in your intestines and can appear in your stool. Women tend to get UTIs more frequently than men, perhaps because a woman’s urethra is shorter than a man’s, making it easier for germs to travel to the bladder. Sexual activity can also contribute to the development of UTIs.

Most UTIs are infections within the bladder itself and are usually not serious if treated quickly. An infection within your kidneys is more serious and can cause permanent damage if not treated promptly.

Symptoms and Treatments for UTI

The most common symptom of a UTI is a burning or painful sensation when you urinate. You might also feel as if you have to urinate frequently, but the volume of urine produced is small. Your urine might look cloudy or have a different or obnoxious odor. Other symptoms can include fever and chills, nausea and vomiting, or pain in your back where your kidneys are located. You should contact your urologist or other doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

Your doctor will test a sample of your urine to diagnose the infection. A UTI is most commonly treated with antibiotics. Your doctor may also have you drink plenty of water to encourage more frequent urination.

Preventing UTI

Some people more than others may be more prone to developing a UTI. In general, you can encourage prevention by drinking plenty of water, urinating often (that is, don’t “hold it”), and practicing good hygiene after urinating or having a bowel movement. Urinating promptly after sexual activity can also help. Dietary cranberry, either in the form of juice or a supplement, can also be helpful.


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