Urinary Tract Infection (UTI Bladder Infection)


How To Treat A UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system such as kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men because of their shorter urethras. One out of two women is said to experience a UTI in their lifetime. UTIs account for 8.1 million visits to health care providers each year. Infections are caused by microbes (organisms to small to be seen without a microscope) including fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Bacteria are the most common cause of UTIs.

How Are UTIs Diagnosed?

To find out whether a person has a UTI, a healthcare provider will ask about urinary symptoms and medical history. Usually, a sample of the urine will be tested to detect the presence of bacteria and white blood cells. The samples are typically sent to a laboratory, or looked at by health care providers’ office members equip for testing. For people with recurring UTIs, a culture is performed in a tube or dish. The health care provider may order some additional tests to ensure the person’s urinary tract is normal.

Treating A UTI

Most UTIs are caused by bacteria, which is treated with bacteria-fighting medications called antibiotics or antimicrobials. The type of medicine and length of treatment depends on the patient’s history and the type of bacteria causing the infection. Medications that the patient has allergies to will automatically be ruled out. The antibiotic will typically make the patient feel better within a day or two of beginning treatment. Drinking a lot of water and urinating frequently will also speed up the healing process. Longer treatment will be implemented if the first antibiotic does not work.

Most women experience what is called an uncomplicated UTI, which can be cured in about two or three days. An uncomplicated UTI is where a healthy woman with a normal, unobstructed urinary tract gets a UTI. A complicated UTI occurs when a person such as a transplant patient, pregnant women, or individual who is weakened by another condition gets a UTI. Additionally, health care providers should assume that all men and boys have complicated UTIs until evidence shows different. Severely ill patients with kidney infections may be hospitalized and may require several weeks of antibiotic treatment.

How Can Recurring UTIs Be Prevented?

Some individuals receive recurrent UTIs. There are few daily habits that will help you to prevent frequent UTIs.
● Drinking lots of fluids to flush out bacteria.
● Urinating as often and when the urge arises. Also, urinating following sex to flush away any bacteria
● Wearing cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes, so air can keep the area around the urethra dry.
● A woman who has trouble with UTIs should try switching her birth control. Unlubricated condoms or spermicidal condoms increase irritation, which may help bacteria to grow.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a urinary tract infection, speak with a doctor from MD Proactive today!

Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases