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What are all symptoms of a urinary tract infections?

What are all symptoms of a urinary tract infections?

Quite a few: Frequency and urgency of urination. Burning or stinging with urination, foul smelling urine, bloody urine. Urge incontinence or leaking. Lower abdominal pain or tenderness, back/flank pain if infection reaches the kidneys. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Are urinary tract infections dangerous for the elderly?

Are urinary tract infections dangerous for the elderly?

Sometimes: There is a potential for a urinary tract infection to lead to sepsis (blood infection), which is much more difficult to control. Therefore, treating a urinary tract infection early and appropriately when symptoms start is much more advantageous. ...Read more

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What could be the causes of urinary tract infections in elderly men?

Enlarged prostate: Prostatic enlargement can lead to progressive urethral + bladder neck obstruction leading to impaired bladder drainage + various degrees of urinary retention. Also can develop bladder diverticula (outpouchings) from increased voiding pressures in bladder, which do not empty with urination. Retained urine "stagnates" and is fertile ground for utis. ...Read more

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Could guys get urinary tract infections?

Could guys get urinary tract infections?

UTI in men: Men can get urinary tract infections if bacteria gets into the urethra from trauma, masturbation, sexual intercourse, etc. Rarely, men who have undiagnosed problems with their urinary tract system may develop an infection without the events listed above. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting urinary tract infections?

Why do I keep getting urinary tract infections?

Many causes: Tjere can be many factors. It would be best to see a physician to determine why you have infections. ...Read more

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How come i get so many urinary tract infections?

How come i get so many urinary tract infections?

UTI risks: The most common reasons center around issues of hygiene and hydration status. Make sure these things are optimized, and then review with your doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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What causes most women's urinary tract infections?

What causes most women's urinary tract infections?

Intercourse: Many urinary tract infections in women occur after sex because the vaginal and rectal areas are so close to the urethra where women urinate from. Sex allows bacteria from these close areas to be spread toward the urethra. Urinating immediately after sex can decrease the number of infections. If they are still frequent, sometimes doctors will prescribe a medicine to take each time after sex. ...Read more

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Can penicillian help with urinary tract infections?

Can penicillian help with urinary tract infections?

Usually not: Most organisms causing urinary infections do not respond to penicillin. There are other antibiotics that are effective, depending to the bacteria involved. ...Read more

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Can urinary tract infections cause bumps that itch?

Can urinary tract infections cause bumps that itch?

No : A UTI is an infection inside the bladder some bumps on your outside are not likely associated. ...Read more

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How can i prevent reccurent urinary tract infections?

How can i prevent reccurent urinary tract infections?

Hydration: One way to help reduce urinary infections, is to keep the bladder 'flushing'. You can do that by DRINKING water or other fluids. The body was designed to 'flush' out bacteria, so good to take advantage of that. Cranberry juice may help, since it contains mannose which is a sugar that binds to E. coli- the commonest cause of UTIs. If your infections are very frequent see a doctor for more help. ...Read more

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Are urinary tract infections in adults very contagious?

Are urinary tract infections in adults very contagious?

No: They are not contagious unless the UTI is tuberculosis or a parasite both of which are extremely rare in the US. ...Read more

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Can urinary tract infections be caused by masturbating ?

Low risk: Some women get urinary infection due to sex, even without any sexually transmitted infections. A male is very unlikely to get urinary infection from masturbation. ...Read more

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How long does confusion last with urinary tract infections?

How long does confusion last with urinary tract infections?

Shouldn't: Urinary tract infections should not cause confusion except in the elderly or if associated with septicemia and severe sepsis. If a patient suffers from confusion they should be immediately evaluated by a physician to evaluate for serious illness. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent urinary tract infections?

Adequate hydration: Simple things are often the best. Push fluids, void after intercourse, avoid overuse of perineal pads, and proper perineal hygiene are all helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), ...Read more