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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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Dr Harte, I have been dealing with recurring uti/bladder infection, but all my provider does is give me abx, but once the abx is complete, the infecti?

Dr Harte, I have been dealing with recurring uti/bladder infection, but all my provider does is give me abx, but once the abx is complete, the infecti?

Flow is often: a problem. A blockage or an area that doesnt get flow. This can include kidney stones, outpouches anywhere along the urinary tract, infected cysts being one of these, etc. Studies of the shape of the system and flow along it are helpful (IVP). ...Read more

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Painful and constantly reoccurring utis (water infections/cystitis) just wont go away! what can I do?

Painful and constantly reoccurring utis (water infections/cystitis) just wont go away! what can I do?

Find a specialist: (urologist or urogynecologist) who is interested in evaluating women with this problem. Uti is not always sucessfully treated just with antibiotics and there are other causes of bladder symptoms besides urinary infection. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can being overweight cause a UTI? I've had bladder infections at least once a month for 8 months. It keeps reoccurring even with medication.

Can being overweight cause a UTI? I've had bladder infections at least once a month for 8 months. It keeps reoccurring even with medication.

No: It is not normal to have that many bladder infections. You should consider a referral to a urologist to be worked up for this problem. This can ofter be treated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What could be the causes of reoccuring urinary tract infections?

What could be the causes of reoccuring urinary tract infections?

Many possible: Leaving bladder full without urinating after sex, bubble-bath +/or tub baths rather than taking showers, thongs +/or non-cotton underwear, sub-optimal toilet hygiene by not wiping front to back or keeping thighs together + trapping urine in vagina with voiding, chronic constipation, menopause, bladder stone/s and poor nutrition. ...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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Was seen for a UTI but later told there was no infection in urine and to discontinue antibiotics. I still have reoccurring symptoms but no uti?

Was seen for a UTI but later told there was no infection in urine and to discontinue antibiotics. I still have reoccurring symptoms but no uti?

Other possibilities: I'm sorry you are having problems. With the information you've provided it is hard to guess what is happening. If there is an extra sensation then yeast infection, std, bacterial vaginosis, cystitis are possibilities. If the problem is too frequent urination common considerations would include fluid intake and diabetess i hope you get better quickly, if you don't though, see your doctor again. ...Read more

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I continue to have reoccurring uti's that turn into kidney infections so fast...I drink no soda..But i'm a sweet tea addict. I don't know what to do.

I continue to have reoccurring uti's that turn into kidney infections so fast...I drink no soda..But i'm a sweet tea addict. I don't know what to do.

Kidney stones: There is generally an answer to explain redurrent utis. Have it checked out. Because you spoke of teas, there are products in teas that might increase stone or "gravel" formation. This in turn can predispose one to a uti. ...Read more

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What can be done to stop me from having reoccurring kidney infections and UTIs? (& yes, I do pee after sex before you ask)

What can be done to stop me from having reoccurring kidney infections and UTIs? (& yes, I do pee after sex before you ask)

Here are some...: Recurrent UTIs in a 19-y-o female is most likely sex-related. There is no cure but how to modify in sexual acts as what you have applied and with timely use of antibiotics. Of course, go to be evaluated to make sure of no underlying causes for UTI; afterward, focus on coping with precipitating factors as alluded. More? Seek evaluation & counseling. ...Read more

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I keep getting reoccurring urinary tract infections and every now and then bacterial infections how can I prevent it or help the problem?

I keep getting reoccurring urinary tract infections and every now and then bacterial infections how can I prevent it or help the problem?

See below: The number one thing to do is to make that you are wiping front to back as this will help prevent utis. Also, if you are a diabetic you want to get this under control as elevated blood sugars increase your risk for utis. Also consider seeing your doctor for a pelvic if you have not had one. ...Read more

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Painful ejac & urine, swollen meatus, swollen right lymph node. Been on doxy for 3wks. One week without any pain now reoccurred with clear discharge. Urine test clear for infection and uti's.

Painful ejac & urine, swollen meatus, swollen right lymph node. Been on doxy for 3wks. One week without any pain now reoccurred with clear discharge. Urine test clear for infection and uti's.

Need more testing: It sounds like there is still something going on. You should consult with a urologist or an infectious disease doctor or both to rule out any physical/anatomic issues and also to rule out other infections that may have not yet been checked for--the list is very long and may not be checked on routine testing. ...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.
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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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Dr. James Krick
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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. Martin Raff
1,950 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