UTIs come with several uncomfortable symptoms. You’ll likely experience one or more of the following issues:
Some people get UTIs regularly because of their genetics. They may have abnormalities in their urinary tract that increase their likelihood of developing infections. You might have a higher risk of suffering from a UTI if you have diabetes, since your immune system is already compromised and you have a harder time fighting off infections.
Other conditions that can increase the chance of having UTIs are:
* Multiple sclerosis
* Kidney stones
* Spinal cord injury
Your urologist can put together a treatment plan for UTIs that are recurring.
First, drink plenty of water! As much as it might be painful for you to urinate, it’s essential to keep yourself hydrated so you can flush out bacteria.
Most of the time patients just need antibiotics to kill off the bacteria. If you’re in severe pain, urologists sometimes pair antibiotics with painkillers to enhance your comfort during your healing process.
Many patients also find relief by applying a heating pad to painful areas.
Men get UTIs but they’re more common in women.
A UTI forms when bacteria get into your urethra and travels to your bladder. If left untreated, a bacterial infection grows and it can move all the way up into your kidneys.
Women usually have a higher risk of suffering from a UTI because their urethras are shorter and located closer to the anus. This makes it easier for bacteria to be introduced into the urinary tract system. The bacteria responsible for UTIs can also be spread through sexual intercourse, though.
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