Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are annoying, and sometimes affect your daily life
Risk factors for UTIs include family history, age, sex, personal history
Women tend to get more UTIs than men, due to the short nature of the urethra (or pee channel)
I keep getting UTIs, what can I do?
For patients with recurrent infections, it is important to tell your primary physician. Most physicians will send a culture to see what type of bacteria is growing. This is important to check to see if you are growing the same bacteria each time, and what antibiotic works well to kill that bacteria.
Different methods to keep infections at a minimum:
- Cranberry tablets
- D- Mannose Supplements
- Vaginal estrogen cream (for post menopausal patients)
- Increased Fluid intake (90-100 ounces per day)
Sometimes kidney stones and other urologic conditions exist, which is why your primary physician may refer you to a urologist for evaluation.
I saw blood in my urine once, is that a big deal?
Sometimes, a bad infection can cause you to bleed from your bladder wall. However, it is very important you tell your doctor, as you likely need evaluation for other conditions such as bladder cancer.
What is a usual treatment for a UTI?
Current recommendations for uncomplicated urinary tract infections is to treat with antibiotics for 3-5 days. Usually this is done with a medication called Bactrim, nitrofurantoin, or Fosfomycin. Antibiotic selection may vary based on your allergies or previous culture results.