Do you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) or do you know someone who does? At St. John Urology, we provide our patients with UTI treatment and the treatment of their underlying condition, which can greatly reduce the frequency of future infections. Here’s more information on UTI treatment at St. John Urology so that you can get the best care possible for your condition.
How Do You Get A UTI?
The most common way you’ll get a UTI is by not wiping properly after going to the bathroom or coming into contact with a surface that has urine on it, like a toilet seat, changing table, or floor. You can also pick up bacteria from sex and some medical procedures (like catheterization). And if you have an indwelling bladder catheter it’s possible to pick up bacteria during use of this device. UTIs are more likely to happen when your immune system is weakened because of age, illness, pregnancy, or other reasons. They’re also more common in women because of how their anatomy makes it easier for bacteria to enter the urinary tract.
What Are Some Common UTI Symptoms?
The most common symptoms of a UTI are a frequent urge to urinate, increased frequency, and pain or burning with urination. Other symptoms can include blood in the urine, nausea, fever, chills, and fatigue. UTIs are typically associated with a feeling of having to urinate urgently but not being able to do so because there is an obstruction in the bladder. However, this symptom can also occur in other conditions such as cystitis or prostatitis which is why it’s important to see your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms…
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How Is A UTI Treated?
We know UTIs can be a nuisance, but they’re easily treatable with antibiotics. Your doctor will prescribe you either an oral antibiotic or a course of antibiotics administered intravenously and usually, you’ll start to feel better within 48 hours of starting treatment. The good news is that most UTIs are caused by bacteria which doesn’t mean that the symptoms need to last forever! Once you finish your course of antibiotics, it’s important to drink lots of water, avoid caffeinated beverages and cranberry juice and try to limit urinating so as not to re-infect yourself. For more information about UTI please visit our website or call our office today!
What Is Antibiotic Resistance?
If you have had a UTI before, it is important to take preventive measures to reduce your risk of getting another one. Some of these include drinking plenty of fluids, urinating frequently, and cleaning yourself after using the restroom. Be mindful about what you drink and make sure you are not taking any medication that can contribute to an infection like antibiotics or prescription drugs with sulfa in them. If you do experience symptoms again, it is important to see a physician right away so they can help identify the cause and get you on track with a treatment plan that works best for you.
What Are Some Tips To Keep From Getting Another UTI?
One of the most important things you can do is drink more fluids and urinate frequently, even if you don’t feel like it. This helps flush out bacteria and prevent them from becoming trapped in your bladder or urethra. UTIs are caused by bacteria in your urethra or bladder, so flushing them out will help to keep them from coming back. Other steps you can take to avoid getting a UTI include wiping from front to back after using the restroom (to keep bacteria from being transferred from your anus to your urethra), avoiding douching, taking showers instead of baths, wearing loose-fitting clothing that allows airflow around your genital area and not sitting with legs crossed for long periods of time.