What is a urinary tract infection?
An infection that affects the urinary system, including the ureters, urethra, bladder, and kidney, is called a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Urinary tract infections are more common in women than men.
The urethra in females is shorter than in men and is close to the anus, where e. Coli bacteria are common; hence it is easier for women to get an infection.
E.coli bacteria can sometimes get out of the anus to the urethra, traveling to the bladder, causing an infection. If the infection is not treated, it can affect the kidneys.
Dr. Neeta Verma, a highly qualified and one of the best urologists in Bhubaneswar, currently practices as a Consultant Urologist at Care Hospital. She also runs her own clinic Urology Care in Bhubaneswar.
Studies show that 1 in 2 women have the risk of catching urinary tract infections with repeated infections during their lifetime.
Symptoms of urinary tract infection
- Burning sensation while peeing
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- The need to urinate frequently
- If the urine is foul-smelling
- Pain while urinating
- Bloody discharge during urinating
The doctor will run certain tests on you by first taking your urine sample.If you have any queries related to diagnosis, you can contact Dr. Neeta here at clinicspots.
The test will reveal white blood cells, red blood cells, and bacteria present in your urine; this can reveal if you have an infection.
This test will detect and identify bacteria and yeast present in your urine sample and reveal whether you have a urinary tract infection.
Other types of tests include CT scans, ultrasound, and cystoscopy.
Treatment for urinary tract infection
Antibiotics are the most common types of treatment given for urinary tract infections.
Medications can be given for pain. Doctors recommend drinking a lot of water to flush out bacteria.
Some antibiotics that doctors give are:
A healthy lifestyle will help in preventing urinary tract infections. Dr. Neeta Verma suggests that we practise good hygiene habits so that we might avoid getting an infection in the future.
- Cultivating a good hygiene
- Eating healthy
- Drinking plenty of water
- Cranberry juice may help prevent UTI
- Having showers instead of baths
- Avoid using feminine products that may irritate the genital area
Urinary tract infections have been a cause of stress for millions of people across the globe.
It is good to consult the doctor as early as possible to prevent any further damage or infection.