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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Been told I have chronic uti biofilm infection. Urine under microscope shows pyuria as 6. Is this right?

Been told I have chronic uti biofilm infection. Urine under microscope shows pyuria as 6. Is this right?

Yes: The infection you describe often has a completely NEGATIVE or NORMAL urinalysis...and pyuria may or may not be present!

Hope this helps
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Causes of chronic UTIs and yeast infections?

Causes of chronic UTIs and yeast infections?

Bacteria: Cause uti's. In women much more common. Drink plenty if water. And don't hold your urine. Unfortunately treatment is antibiotics. Which in turn can cause yeast infections. So tough cycle. I would see your doctor if having recurrent problems. May be some other issue. Also can be put on certain agents to help prevent ...Read more

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I have consistent right side flank pain with nausea. Been misdiagnosed for years with chronic UTI but there's no infection. Always traces of w&r blood

I have consistent right side flank pain with nausea. Been misdiagnosed for years with chronic UTI but there's no infection. Always traces of w&r blood

No stone unturned: If you haven't had an ivp-intravenous pyleogram or an imaging of your kidneys I would suggest you do that. You may have a stone in the pelvis of the kidney that reacts with your hydration status. At any rate check with a urologist or nephrologist if you are continuing with, what you feel is, the wrong diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why do I get constant/chronic/recurrent UTI's now since having my cystocele "repair" in nov 2015. I have had over30 uti/kidney infections since then.

Why do I get constant/chronic/recurrent UTI's now since having my cystocele "repair" in nov 2015. I have had over30 uti/kidney infections since then.

Incomplete emptying: The most common reason is incomplete bladder emptying followed closely by urinary tract obstruction. You need to see a Urogynecologist or Urologist to do urodynamic testing and possible cystoscopy to find out why post cystocele repair. ...Read more

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I have been getting klebsiella urinary tract infections after having cdiff. I have had chronic ecoli utis for years. Why did it suddenly change?

Chronic UTI's: The main bacteria in any infection are there for a variety of reasons. In your case, you likely had multiple courses of antibiotics. That killed most of the e.Coli, but left behind resistant klebsiella. Now you're getting infections with that bug. If you get that one, a new one might again emerge. You may need further evaluation of your urinary tract to see if anything in the plumbing is cause. ...Read more

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I think I have both a UTI & a yeast infection. I have a burning itching sensation, also when I pee it burns and it hurts. I have chronic UTIs, why?

Here are some. ..: The described clinical scenario indicates your systemic and local defending ability is not strong enough to keep you out of recurrent UTI or yeast infections if you indeed have had them. To iron out what and how to help you, you need to work with a Doc to figure out how to modify your topical and systemic defense mechanism. But, always take practicing healthy lifestyle without overindulgence as... ...Read more

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History kidney/uti infections. Last sept 12. Still got chronic severe pain. Is this normal? Ct scan clear. Wee test high white cells/ protein/ blood.

History kidney/uti infections. Last sept 12. Still got chronic severe pain. Is this normal? Ct scan clear. Wee test high white cells/ protein/ blood.

No, see Doctor: As a general rule, there should not be white blood cells in your urine. It is most commonly due to a urinary tract infection, but can also be from irritation or infection of the urethra ("urethritis"), or if female, vaginal area. This should be evaluated by a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Can a UTI and yesst infection happen at the same time?

Can a UTI and yesst infection happen at the same time?

YEAST: Yes, especially if there have been several different rounds and types of antibiotics. ...Read more

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I get UTI infections all the time, what do you suggest?

See a urologist: If you have more than 3 uti's in a 12 month period, you should see a specialist in urinary tract disorders known as a urologist. He/she may wish to look into your bladder with a special scope called a cystoscope to see if there is a problem. You may need to be on prophylactic antibiotics (preventive), especially if you are sexually active. Don't ever delay treating a UTI! ...Read more

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Which other diseases or infections have the same symptoms as a uti?

Interstitial cystits: A lot of conditions can resemble a UTI including interstitial cystitis (i.E inflammation of the bladder), urologic stones, urethritis/urethral syndrome (inflammation of the urehtra). ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat and cure existing UTI infections naturally?

You can try: Harder, not as effective as antibiotics, but you can try: uva ursi with 250mg of arbutin 4x/day; or try d-mannose 500mg 4x/day. Cranberry extract 400-500mg twice a day. Other homeopathic treatments: horsetail 500mg capsules 4x/day. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms obvious for a UTI or other infection. Because I'm not sure if I have them or just imagining them. Thanks.?

Are the symptoms obvious for a UTI or other infection. Because I'm not sure if I have them or just imagining them. Thanks.?

See below: Classic symptoms of UTI: burning with urination (dysuria), discomfort in bladder, urinary urgency and frequency (small volumes often). May be associated with incontinence, blood in urine, and fever. Symptoms may vary from mild to severe. More often acute than chronic. In the elderly, symptoms often blunted and change in mental status may be only symptom. Urinalysis and urine culture are diagnostic ...Read more

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My girlfriend urinates almost every 10-25 min a little not much but is very clear no pains, she know it's not a blad. Infection or uti?

My girlfriend urinates almost every 10-25 min a little not much but is very clear no pains, she know it's not a blad. Infection or uti?

Here are some. ..: U-frequency may suggests: excreting a lot or urine from over drinking or poor renal function; decreasing bladder functional capacity (unable to hold much urine) by UTI, OAB, IC, etc.; pending urinary retention. These can be easily sorted out by taking good Hx stressing quality, quantity, & sequence of events + physicals + tests such as UA, residual urine, blood test, ... so to deduce right Dx for. ...Read more

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Good morning, I have some concern about my health. To start with I had a UTI back to 2011. Since then I get infections every 1-3 months.

Good morning, I have some concern about my health. To start with I had a UTI back to 2011. Since then I get infections every 1-3 months.

Please follow the: Directions your doc gave you for taking your meds. If things don't improve or recur, consider asking the doc about D-Mannose, a natural product that is helpful for UTIs. If he/she is not well-versed in natural meds he/she may not know of it, however. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is a UTI infection?

UTI: UTI stands for urinary tract infection. It could be a simple mild bladder infection developed after sex. It could also be a kidney infection. Generally if you say UTI it means a bladder infection. ...Read more

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What is a UTI infection?

UTI definition: UTI is an abbreviation for "urinary tract infection." "UTI infection" is not a term, therefore. ...Read more

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Could a UTI infection cause this?

UTI and this: Please tell us what "this" is to get a meaningful answer. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms for UTI infection?

UTI: Burning on urination, frequency, getting up at night, incontinence sometimes. More severe infections can cause fever, chills, blood in the urine. ...Read more

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I had my kidney removed. It was full of stones and infection, functioning at only 9%. I continue to get uti"s. What to do?

I had my kidney removed. It was full of stones and infection, functioning at only 9%. I continue to get uti"s. What to do?

See your doctor: You may have one or more kidney stones in the other kidney, or in the bladder. Utis will continue to occur if you have any remaining stones because antibiotics can not reach bacteria lodged in urinary tract stones. ...Read more

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I've been having recurrent UTIs for 18 months. I find that taking one nitrofurentoin once a WEEK not each night stops infection. Is this safe?

I've been having recurrent UTIs for 18 months. I find that taking one nitrofurentoin once a WEEK not each night stops infection. Is this safe?

Sounds good: Intermittent antibiotic treatment is often effective in preventing recurrent UTI in women. The usual approach is 2-3 doses a week, not daily. Once a week should be fine, certainly is safe, and it seems to be working. But still best to inform the doc who prescribed it and make sure s/he agrees. ...Read more

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I have really painful UTI infection! What should I do?

UTI cure: If you want to cure a uti, you must get a diagnosis. Go to physician, have your urine cultured and get started on an antibiotic, or another appropriate agent. If you have no organism in your urine, bacterial or fungal, you have no uti. ...Read more

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How will I know my UTI infection went away completely?

Urinalysis: A urinalysis with a reflex to a urine culture with sensitivities will reveal if there is a bacterial persistence or reinfection. Your symptoms would have improved as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a UTI infection without knowing it?

Unless pregnant: If you don't have any symptoms then you do not need to worry or be tested. ...Read more

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How long after infection does it take for UTI symptoms to manifest?

Within 1-2 days: Some UTIs are asymptomatic, i.e. no symptoms at all. For most UTIs, the symptoms begin almost immediately as the infection starts, i.e. within a day or two. ...Read more

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Anyone know of any really good home remedies for a UTI infection that works?

Anyone know of any really good home remedies for a UTI infection that works?

Antibiotics at home: Is the best "home remedy" for UTIs. Drinking lots of water can help a lot. Constipation needs 2B treated as it can both cause & prolong UTIs. There is no documented study showing anything other than antibiotics will "cure" UTIs. UTIs may eventually "burn" themselves out if you drink lots of water & urinate frequently. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have auti symptoms without that actual UTI infection?

UTI: Yes. A UTI is an actual infection with bacteria or fungi of the urinary tract. You can also get cystitis which is irritation of the tubes of the urinary tract which can cause burning and discomfort without infection. Often bubble baths or irritants that contact the urethra can cause this. Avoid synthetic underwear (wear breathable cotton) and irritants like bubble bath or soapy water. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a UTI infection, cure it, then another one a month later?

Is it possible to have a UTI infection, cure it, then another one a month later?

Yes: It is possible for the example you suggested to occur. It is also possible the is another issue entirely. If you do have recurrent infections you may require further diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a really bad UTI infection, when will the meds start to work?

24-48 hrs: If you are not feeling any better by 3 days, return to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about bladder/uti infections so bad that its being ruining your life?

Can you tell me about bladder/uti infections so bad that its being ruining your life?

Need urologic workup: Most common cause of utis in young women is not urinating after sex. Constipation, thong underwear, baths ; bubble bath rather than showers, not spreading thighs wide when urinating to avoid vaginal trapping of urine or? Anatomic cause. Hence urology consult. Have you tried cranberry extract as preventative (cystex or ellura) finaklly Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) prophylaxis nightly or after sex. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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


Dr. James Lin
1,968 Doctors shared insights

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