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Dr. George Klauber
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What are all symptoms of a urinary tract infections?

Dr. George Klauber
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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

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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. Mark Kuhnke
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I am taking prednisone for bronchitis. Are urinary tract infections a possible side effect of this medicine?

Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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I am taking prednisone for bronchitis. Are urinary tract infections a possible side effect of this medicine?

Not really: Certainly, a long term course of steroids will lower your immune system's efficiency, but on a short term course there should be no increased risk of UTI. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Mazin Albert
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Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?

Mazin Albert
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Anatomy: The male and female urinary tract is different when it comes to anatomy. Females have shorter urethras than their male counterparts. A shorter urethra makes it easier for bacteria to travel up the urethra to the bladder. The urethra in a female is also closer to the rectum allowing for a shorter distance for bacteria to travel. This is why proper hygiene is recommended for females to prevent uti. ...Read more

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Brittany Chan
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Why are females more prone to urinary tract infections v males?

Brittany Chan
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Why are females more prone to urinary tract infections v males?

Anatomy.: The urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the exterior of the body. Women have a shorter urethra than males, so bacteria have easier access to the bladder. Also, female urethras are close in proximity to the anus and vulnerable to contamination by gut bacteria. Bacteria from the anal area, such as e. Coli, are a common cause of UTI in women, especially those who are sexually active. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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What are some causes of urinary tract infections?

Dr. John Leander Po
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Basic concepts-: Normally, the human urinary system is designed to 1) flow one way (i.e. Out) and 2) completely empty the bladder. Disrupting forward flow can cause "back wash" of urine(with bacteria) into the urethra (eg.Chronic catheter use, wiping improperly); if urine is left standing in the bladder (like an enlarged prostate, weak bladder, anatomical problem), then bacteria can grow and cause infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Elia Fanous
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What causes urinary tract infections?

Dr. Elia Fanous
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What causes urinary tract infections?

Bacteria: Utis are caused by bacterial migration into the urethra/bladder. Hygeine (not wiping front to back, etc) may be an issue. Urinating before and after intercourse helps to decrease risk of uti. Cranberry juice and increasing water intake may help prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. Recurrence may indicate anatomical or medical (diabetes, hiv, etc) problems and warrant a work up. ...Read more

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Dr. George Valdez
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Does “holding it in” cause urinary tract infections (utis)?

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It can: It gives more time (if they are there) for bacteria to grow. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Will urinary tract infections go away on their own?

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Will urinary tract infections go away on their own?

Maybe: A UTI can run its course and resolve or it may ascend the urinary tract, involve the kidney, spread to the blood and result in sepsis and death. In the preantibiotic era, UTIs in women, like now, were common, but all, fortunately, weren't fatal. Happily, we live in an era which has discovered the benefits of antibiotics. Please avail yourself of the fruits of the 21st century! ...Read more

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Dr. Patricio Gargollo
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Why are some people more suseceptible to uti's (urinary tract infections) than other people?

Dr. Patricio Gargollo
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Why are some people more suseceptible to uti's (urinary tract infections) than other people?

Depends : Infections of any kind are caused for a variety of reasons. Uti's are no different. Getting a UTI depends on the type of bacteria, the strength of the immune system (immunocompromised people are much more prone to all infections), gender ( females are more susceptible to uti), and underlying medical or urologic conditions ( ex, diabetes, stones). ...Read more

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