Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are responsible for up to 8 million visits to the doctor each year. Unfortunately, due to the female anatomy, women are the primary targets for bladder infections. While UTIs can be easily treated, they can lead to very serious problems if they get ignored. Here’s insight on the causes and symptoms of UTIs and most importantly, how you can avoid a UTI in your future.
What Causes Urinary Tract Infections?
Just like any infection, a urinary tract infection begins with bacteria. When bacteria gets trapped in the urethra, an infection develops and can travel to the bladder and eventually the kidneys if not treated in a timely manner. What causes bacteria to get trapped in urethra in the first place? For women, it can occur from general irritation, sexual intercourse, improper hygiene and even exercise.
How Do You Recognize a UTI?
Knowing the symptoms of a UTI is important. Unfortunately, these symptoms are difficult to ignore.
- Burning sensation during urination
- Urge to urinate frequently with little to no urine present
- Pain or pressure in lower back or abdomen
- Strong-smelling urine
- Cloudy, dark or red colored urine
- Pelvic pain or discomfort
- Upper back and side pain
- Blood in urine
Ways to Prevent a UTI
You can’t always prevent a UTI, and some women are more prone than others. In many cases, the summer heat can make UTIs even more prevalent. However, the following are some simple things you can do to avoid bacterial growth and disruptive UTIs this summer:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Wipe front to back
- Avoid feminine sprays, scented douches, and bath products
- Use the bathroom after sexual intercourse
- Wear cotton panties and avoid tight clothing
Treating Your Bladder Infection
If you are concerned that you may have a UTI, please consult one of our physicians as soon as possible. Treating a UTI is very simple and typically involves taking a course of oral antibiotics. Most women find relief quickly. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we want you to enjoy a healthy and comfortable summer. Call today for an appointment at our Cumming office.