If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, or UTI, you know just how uncomfortable and disruptive the experience can be. Finding relief is a top priority, and is possible under the care of OB/GYN Lev Kandinov, MD, of Aventura OBGYN Specialists in Aventura, Florida. If you notice the symptoms of a UTI developing or are tired of chronic UTIs, book an appointment either by phone or with the online booking tool to find fast and effective relief.
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection of any portion of your urinary system, including your urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. The most common type of UTIs are those that affect the urethra and bladder.
Urinary tract infections are incredibly common. Some health experts estimate that more than half of Americans will experience at least one UTI in their lifetime. For many women, recurring UTIs are a serious problem.
Urinary tract infections are caused when bacteria from your large intestine reach your urethra and begin to multiply. Women are more likely to develop UTIs than men simply due to anatomical differences. Because there is less distance between a woman’s anus and urethra, bacteria like E. coli have a far shorter path to travel.
Bacterial contamination can occur in a number of ways, but the most common are due to bathroom hygiene habits and sexual intercourse. The best way to prevent urinary tract infections is by maintaining strict front-to-back wiping after using the bathroom.
Women can also reduce their risk by always urinating immediately after sexual intercourse. This flushes the urethra and can clear out bacteria before it begins to cause an infection.
Unlike many women’s health conditions, a urinary tract infection will usually announce its presence with aggressive symptoms. You may notice the following:
If you notice symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kandinov right away to begin treatment.
Fortunately, treating most UTIs requires just a simple course of antibiotics. Be sure to come in for a diagnostic exam to ensure that your symptoms are the result of a UTI and not another issue. Dr. Kandinov explains the proper dosing schedule, and you must adhere to those guidelines to effectively fight off the infection.
If you experience three or more UTIs in a year, you may need a different treatment plan to avoid recurring infections. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Kandinov may advise a long course of low-dose antibiotics, or antibiotics to take in single doses after sex.
You can help prevent chronic UTIs by:
Be sure to schedule a diagnostic exam with Dr. Kandinov if you show signs of UTI. You can book an urgent care appointment online or by phone.