You might not have any symptoms with a UTI, but some of these infections can cause the following:
UTIs can affect different parts of your urinary tract, including your bladder, urethra, and kidneys. You develop an infection in one of these areas when bacteria enters it.
Bladder infections typically cause pelvic discomfort, blood in your urine, and pain when urinating.
Urethra infections usually cause discharge and a burning feeling when urinating.
A kidney infection, which is an emergency, causes pain in your upper back and flank, chills, nausea, high fever, and vomiting.
Your doctor at Findlay Women’s Care will determine the cause of your UTI and recommend treatment.
Your risk of having urinary tract infections is higher when you’re a woman due to having a shorter urethra. That makes it easier for bacteria to get to your bladder and build up there. Other risk factors include:
If you have a simple UTI, your doctor prescribes antibiotics to clear it up. Make sure you take all of your antibiotics, even if you start feeling better. Stopping too soon or not finishing your antibiotics can cause infections to come back.
If you have recurring UTIs, your doctor at Findlay Women’s Care recommends taking low-dose antibiotics for six months or more or undergoing vaginal estrogen therapy if you’ve reached menopause. If UTIs are linked to sexual activity, you might need one dose of antibiotics after intercourse.
You can take a few steps to reduce your risk of UTIs, such as drinking plenty of fluids to help get rid of bacteria in your urinary tract. Wiping from front to back after urinating and urinating after intercourse also help keep bacteria out of your urinary tract.
If you have a urinary tract infection, please contact Findlay Women’s Care to make an appointment with Dr. Carmen Doty-Armstrong, Dr. Dawn Hochstettler, or Dr. Kimberlee Perkins today.
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