More than 50% of all women suffer from at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in life. While serious and painful, Dr. Rafael Haciski at Advanced Gynecology in Naples, Florida can easily use antibiotics to treat the urges to urinate and burning sensations associated with most UTIs. Call or make an appointment online today.
Your urinary system is your body's drainage system for getting rid of wastes and excess water. It includes your kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra.
Most UTIs involve the lower urinary tract, including your bladder and urethra. If it involves the urinary bladder, it’s called cystitis. The UTI may also involve infection of the urethra -- the short tube draining the bladder to the outside -- in which case it’s called urethritis.
Even though infections limited to your bladder tend to be painful and annoying, no severe consequences occur unless your UTI spreads to your kidneys. If the infection ascends along the ureters to the kidneys, it becomes pyelonephritis and is a much more serious infection since it can spread to your blood and damage your kidneys.
The most common symptoms associated with UTIs include:
There are several steps that Dr. Haciski takes to diagnose you with a UTI. He begins by reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam, which includes collecting a urine sample and sending it out to a lab for analysis and culture.
The lab looks for white blood cells, red blood cells, and bacteria in your urine. If bacteria are present in your urine, the lab further tests it to determine which bacteria is causing your infection and which medications effectively treat it.
The most common treatment for a UTI is antibiotics. The type that Dr. Haciski prescribes and the length of time you need to take them depends on your health and the type of bacteria found in your urine.
While antibiotics begin fighting the infection right away, they don’t immediately stop your symptoms. No matter when you start feeling better, make sure you finish taking all of the antibiotics as prescribed.
While it’s always important to drink plenty of water, it’s especially important when you have a UTI, as drinking lots of liquids helps flush the bacteria from your urinary tract.
Dr. Haciski makes habit-changing suggestions, especially if you suffer from recurring UTIs, particularly concerning hygiene, as well an alteration in your birth control method to help prevent another infection.
If you have a UTI, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Haciski at Advanced Gynecology in Naples, Florida.