A Urinary Tract Infection, commonly called a UTI, is a kind of infection that develops when bacteria gets into the urinary tract and starts to expand rapidly. This invasion of bacteria causes many uncomfortable issues, including pain while urinating and lower back pain.
A Urinary Tract Infection can be recognized by its symptoms. Common symptoms include an increased need to urinate, an odor to the urine, traces of blood in the urine (or pink/red-tinged urine,) cloudy urine, a burning sensation while urinating, or lower back pain. Many people have multiple Urinary Tract Infection symptoms or may even have all of these symptoms at the same time. When these symptoms are present, Dr. Ferro will typically perform a urinalysis and or urine culture to confirm the infection. Once the UTI is confirmed by testing, the patient can begin treatment right away so that fast relief can be achieved.
Women are most likely to have Urinary Tract Infections because the urethra, the tube that transports urine from the bladder, is shorter in women. The shorter urethra means that bacteria is more susceptible to enter the bladder. This is one of the reasons why women are often told to wipe from the front to the back after using the restroom. Being sexually active can also make women more susceptible to UTIs. People who suffer from autoimmune diseases or disorders, for example, type 1 diabetes, are more susceptible to UTIs as well.
Urinary Tract Infections are typically treated very easily with antibiotics such as Bactrim or Cipro. Drinking plenty of water during treatment is important, as it can work with the medication to flush the infection out of the system faster. Because antibiotics are so effective for UTIs, Dr. Ferro may prescribe low-dose antibiotics on a long-term basis for people who suffer from chronic Urinary Tract Infections.
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