UTI

UTI Specialist
You should never be in pain when it’s time to relieve yourself. If you’re feeling pain when you urinate, visit Urology Associates Medical Group in Burbank, California. Their highly trained urologists know how to diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI) and provide proper treatment. Relief from your urinary tract pain and infection is just a phone away. Call Urology Associates Medical Group today.

UTI Q & A

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How do I know if I have a UTI?

UTIs come with several uncomfortable symptoms. You’ll likely experience one or more of the following issues:

  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • An intense urge to urinate
  • An inability to empty your bladder
  • Pressure or pain in your lower back
  • Pain in your lower abdomen
  • Fever or chills
  • Feeling fatigued
  • A shaky feeling
  • Foul smelling urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Blood in your urine

Why do I keep getting UTIs?

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
* Stroke
* Spinal cord injury
* Pregnancy

Your urologist can put together a treatment plan for UTIs that are recurring.

What are the treatment options for UTIs?

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.

Can both men and women get UTIs?

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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