Urinary Tract Infections
Most urinary tract infections are bladder infections, which is usually not serious if it is treated quickly.
When germs get into the bladder, kidneys or tubes that connect them, they can cause an infection. If you don’t take care of the infection right away it can spread to the kidneys which can cause permanent damage and be serious. Normally, the germs get into the tube that carries the urine from the bladder to outside your body. This tube is called the uretha.
Females tend to have more bladder infections than males most likely because women have shorter urethras,therefore; it is easier for the germs to get inside and travel to the bladders. Some situations that make it easier to get the infections would be: having sex, if you have diabetes, if you are pregnant, if you have something blocking the urine flow such as kidney stones.
Some symptoms include:
Feeling pain with urination
Feeling like you have to urinate often but only a little urine comes out
Pain in your lower abdomen
Your urine smells bad, is cloudy or looks pink
Pain where your kidneys are (on one side of back under ribs) Fever, chills, nausea, vomiting…
It is important to call your healthcare provider as soon as you experience these symptoms so that he or she can evaluate you properly and treat you accordingly.
Anthony C. Quartell, MD & Associates serves Livingston, N.J., Millburn, N.J., West Orange, N.J., Verona, N.J., Caldwell, N.J., Florham Park, N.J., Whippany, N.J., East Hanover, N.J. and surrounding areas.