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Dr. George Klauber Dr. Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
years in practice
University of London, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine
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Can a urinary tract infection affect becoming pregnant?

Can a urinary tract infection affect becoming pregnant?

Probably not: Sex in the presence of an active UTI may well be uncomfortable or painful, so why not wait to be impregnated until after the UTI has been treated. However, urinary and genital tracts are separate so there is no reason that you can't get pregnant when you have a uti. Utis during pregnancy should be treated immediately because of risk of kidney infection.

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. George Klauber Dr. Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
years in practice
University of London, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine
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Can a urinary tract infection affect your kidneys?

Can a urinary tract infection affect your kidneys?

Yes: Bladder infection can reach the kidneys if bladder (vesico-ureteral) reflux is present, also some bacteria have little arm like projections (fimbriae) and can crawl though the bladder valve and up ureters to kidney. Bacterial infection in the kidney is pyelonephritis which can make suject very ill & cause plenty of damage or if untreated even destroy the kidney. Thus all utis should be treated.

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Dr. Scott Beard Dr. Beard
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
21 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Will a urinary tract infection affect my digestive system?

Will a urinary tract infection affect my digestive system?

Not often: But a UTI that moves into the kidneys can cause nausea and vommitting.

Dr. George Klauber Dr. Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
years in practice
University of London, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine
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Can a urinary tract infection affect any other organs?

Can a urinary tract infection affect any other organs?

Yes: Urinary tract infection can affect urethra, bladder, ureters, kidneys, prostate gland, epididymis (which sits on top of testis) and testis. Severe kidney infections can spill bacteria into the blood stream and thus be transported anywhere in the body including brain.

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Dr. Patricia Roy Dr. Roy
Family Medicine
36 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can a urinary tract infection affect the baby in my womb?

Yes: It depends....The infection itself is not an issue, but if you have a fever, or a severe form of urinary infection, the fever may affect the baby. If you have a simple bladder infection, that is common, and not usually a problem.

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Dr. Kathy Robinson Dr. Robinson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae Dr. Waghmarae
Pain Management
35 years in practice
Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand
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I don't have insurance and I'm pretty sure I have a urinary tract infection. What can I do to safely get rid of this?

No insurance: Urinary tract infection are not good as they can cause damage if left untreated. Diagnosis is important so that the correct treatment is initiated. There is no natural way to treat - certainly drinking fluids helps but is not curative. You really should see a doctor.

Dr. Raj Singh Dr. Singh
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
7 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Lately I can't seem to control my pee and it hurts sometimes, is it a urinary tract infection?

Lately I can't seem to control my pee and it hurts sometimes, is it a urinary tract infection?

Yes: Urgency and burning urination are common symptoms. Consult your doctor, need 3 day course of antibiotics is indicated for women and 7 day course is recommended for men.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

Depends: Infection in the urinary bladder alone may not become dangerous even if left untreated. There is always a risk that infection could spread to the kidneys. If kidneys are infected, then it can become dangerous in a matter of hours or days, if there is obstruction to urine flow and the patient is diabetic. It is best to get treatment at the earliest.

Dr. Scott Beard Dr. Beard
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
21 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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How can I cure a urinary tract infection?

Antibiotics: From your doctor. She wil want a urine sample.

Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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How can I cure a urinary tract infection?

Call your doc: U need antibiotics and a to send a urine culture to make sure the antibiotics work.

Dr. Scott Keith
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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


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more