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Urinary Tract Infections
What are the symptoms of urinary tract infections?
If you have a urinary tract infection (UTI) you may not have any symptoms. Some symptoms of a UTI may include:
- A burning feeling when urinating
- Pain or pressure in the lower back or lower abdomen
- Pelvic discomfort
- Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange smelling urine
- A frequent and intense urge to urinate, with only a small amount of urine
Why do I have a urinary tract infection?
UTIs can affect different parts of your urinary tract, including your bladder, urethra, and kidneys. You may develop an infection in one of these areas when bacteria enters it.
Bladder infections generally cause pelvic discomfort, blood in your urine, and pain when urinating.
Urethra infections typically cause discharge and a burning sensation while urinating.
A kidney infection is an emergency and must be treated right away. If you have pain in your upper back and flank, chills, nausea, high fever, and/or vomiting, please see your physician immediately.
Your doctor at The Women's Specialists of Fayette will determine the cause of your UTI and recommend treatment.
What are the risk factors for urinary tract infections?
Women with a shorter urethra have a higher risk of developing a UTI. Other risk factors include:
- Being sexually active
- Using certain types of birth control such as diaphragms or spermicidal agents
- Having gone through menopause
- Having a urinary tract abnormality
- Having a blockage in your urinary tract
How are urinary tract infections treated?
Simple urinary tract infections only require antibiotics. It is very important to take all of your antibiotics, even if your symptoms are gone. If you stop the antibiotics too soon, the infection can come back.
If you suffer with recurring UTIs, your doctor at The Women's Specialists of Fayette may recommend a low-dose antibiotic for six months or more. If you are at the age of menopause, they may recommend vaginal estrogen. If sexual activity is causing your UTI, you may need a dose of antibiotics after intercourse.
How can I prevent urinary tract infections?
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing a UTI. Drinking plenty of water and other fluids will help clear the bacteria from your urinary tract. Wiping from front to back after you urinate as well as urinating directly after intercourse will help keep the bacteria out of your urinary tract.
If you have a urinary tract infection, please contact The Women's Specialists of Fayette to make an appointment.
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