What is a Urinary Tract Infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra.
Your kidneys, bladder, and urethra are responsible for removing excess waste and water from your blood. Your urinary system also helps regulate blood pressure. It can be affected by blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and electrolytes. That is why urinary tract infections, known as UTIs, must be taken seriously.
What Are The Most Common Symptoms of UTI?
Your ureters are the tubes, about 10 inches long, connecting each kidney to your bladder. The bladder holds the urine until you’re ready to void. You contract the muscular lining of your bladder, forcing the urine down your urethra. The urethra is a small tube that connects your bladder to the outside of your body. Infection in any part of this system can result in unpleasant symptoms.
Symptoms May Include:
A burning sensation when you urinate.
Frequent, intense urge to urinate, even when very little urine comes out.
Pain or Pressure
Pain or pressure in your abdomen or back.
Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine.
Feeling tired or shaky.
Fever or Chills
Fever or chills, which may be an indication that the infection has reached your kidneys.
What Causes UTIs?
How Is UTI Diagnosed?
Your Viva Eve urinary tract infection specialist may recommend the following tests and procedures to correctly diagnose what exactly is causing your urinary tract infections. It may include:
How Is UTI Treated?
At a urinary tract infection center NYC, simple UTIs are treated with the following steps:
- Antibiotics are usually the first-line treatment for urinary tract infections. Which drugs are prescribed and for how long will depend on the type of bacteria found in your urine.
- Your doctor may also prescribe a pain medication to relieve burning while urinating, but the pain usually goes away soon after starting an antibiotic.
For more frequent or persistent infections your urinary tract infection specialist might recommend:
- A low dose of antibiotics over a longer period of time
- A single dose of antibiotics after sex
- Antibiotics for a day or two every time symptoms appear
- Use of an at-home UTI test kit when symptoms appear
- Vaginal estrogen therapy for women in menopause
Overall, clinical studies on the efficacy of cranberry juices and extracts for preventing UTIs are conflicting. There is an active ingredient in cranberries that can prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall, particularly E. coli, but juices and supplements don’t have enough of this active ingredient to prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract.
Overall verdict: it may help and will certainly will not hurt.
UTIs are extremely common. About 60% of women will experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their life.
Antibiotics are an effective treatment for UTIs. It is estimated that about 25–42 percent of minor, uncomplicated UTI infections clear up on their own