What is a UTI?
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are an extremely common infection of the urinary tract. Women are most susceptible to getting a UTI, with as many as 1 in 2 women contracting this infection over their lifetime. Women get UTIs so often because of their anatomy, as the anus is extremely close to the urethra. This makes it easy for bacteria from the large intestine to find its way into the urethra and start an infection. Sexual intercourse can also cause a UTI. From the urethra, the infection may travel into the bladder and kidneys as well if not treated, leading to more serious issues.
How do I know if I have a UTI?
There are several symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection, however Dr. Quartell will be able to confirm the infection with a simple urine test before treatment. Symptoms of a UTI include:
- Burning or stinging during urination.
- Frequent urge to urinate with little urine actually coming out.
- Cloudy, dark, foul smelling urine.
- Exhaustion and/or fatigue.
- Fever, chills, tremors (all signs the infection may have reached the kidneys).
Any of these symptoms should be taken seriously, as they may be pointing to a UTI or something more serious. Contact Dr. Quartell immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms. Once hearing of your symptoms, Dr. Quartell will determine which tests are necessary. A urine sample will be able to detect if the bacteria causing UTIs is present in the urine.
How are UTIs treated?
It is important to note that a doctor must diagnose your UTI. Never assume a diagnosis on your own, as the infection may get worse or be something else entirely. Gynecological issues are something you never want to ignore, no matter how minor you may think it is. Upon the diagnosis of a UTI, you will be prescribed antibiotic treatment to kill the bacteria.
How can I avoid a UTI?
Some women are genetically predisposed to UTIs, while others have a shorter urethra making them more anatomically susceptible. However, there are some precautions women can take to avoid infection, including:
- Wipe from front to back.
- Urinate when you feel the urge to go.
- Take showers, not baths.
- Avoid scented feminine hygiene products.
- Urinate after sex to flush bacteria out of the urethra.
- Cleanse genital area before sex.
Remember, if something doesn’t feel right; schedule an appointment with Quartell & Associates. Call us at 973.716.9600, or fill out a contact form.