A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a common problem, particularly for women. The urinary tract is responsible for producing urine and expelling it from the body. It includes the kidneys, where urine is made; the bladder, which stores urine until it is expelled; tubes called ureters that connect the kidneys to the bladder; and the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of the body. A UTI occurs when bacteria multiples in the bladder, causing discomfort during urination.
- Urinary urgency even if you pass only a small amount or no urine
- Burning sensations while urinating
- Discolored urine, indicating blood in the urine
- Strong odor in the urine
- Pelvic pain in women
- Rectal pain in men
Risk factors for urinary tract infections include:
Being female. UTIs cost Americans $3.5 billion every year, and women account for nearly three-quarters of UTI cases. Women are more susceptible due to their anatomy, and their urethra is much shorter than a man’s, which means bacteria has a shorter distance to migrate to reach the bladder. Being sexually active. Women who are sexually active are particularly prone to develop UTIs. Women can prevent UTIs by urinating immediately after having sexual intercourse. Having a comprised immune system
Prevention techniques for UTIs include drinking plenty of water, urinating often, and women should urinate immediately after sexual intercourse.
Antibiotics are the typical treatments for UTIs, which usually clears up the infection and unpleasant symptoms within a few days. You may also be prescribed a pain medication to numb the bladder and urethra to numb any burning pain during urination. A common side effect of urinary tract pain medication is discolored urine.
If you experience frequent UTIs, you may have to go on a longer treatment regimen involving antibiotics taken over a longer period of time, and women may be prescribed single dose antibiotics to take after sexual intercourse.
The good news about UTI's is that they can be treated quick and easy by one of the skilled urologists at West Medical. Don't spend another minute with pain and discomfort. Interested in learning more about UTI treatment in Southern California? Please call our offices at (855) 690-0565 and one of our representatives will answer any questions or comments you have.
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