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Uninary Track Infection
Water: The best prevention for uti's are increasing your water intake and possibly cranberry pills or cranberry jiuce. In uncomplicated cases, these have been shown to minimze the symptoms and even help treat these "infections". If these fail, then antibiotics will be neccessary. It is also beneficial to void every 4 to 6 hours and not hold the urine for excessive amounts of time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Recurrent UTI's: Recurrent urinary tract infections need to be evaluated and managed appropriately. You should see a urologist and have appropriate testing which will include urine testing and imaing of the urinary tract. Some patients may also need to undergo cystoscopy. Your urologist will determine the evaluation you needn and the results will guide treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
UTI: This is complex and can't be answered here. Women have a short urethra (tube from bladder out) and the outlet is in the labia (pelvic lips), an area which often has high bacterial counts. This makes them more prone to UTIs than men, and these can be recurrent for a variety of reasons. See www.wisegeekhealth.com/what-is-the-pathophysiology-of-urinary-tract-infection for a basic explanation. ...Read more
Yes: The vaginal barrel sits just below and parallels the urethra. If sex is prolonged or overly aggressive or the position is right this can cause trauma and mild swelling of the urethra. This is a form of physiologic urinary obstruction and may lead to infection. Same is true if there is swelling of the external genetalia due to sex, with partial occlusion of the urethral orifice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
E coli is bacteria: E coli is the name of a type of bacteria which typically lives in the gut, but can travel anywhere and cause an infection. "regular" e coli from a woman's colon often finds its way forward to the urethra (passage from bladder to outside) and is a common cause of utis in women. Other dangerous strains of e coli (o157-h7) are more commonly found in food sources from contaminated livestock or crops. ...Read more
See Below: The 3 main risk factors for recurrent UTI in women are an increased frequency of sexual intercourse, the use of a spermicide and diaphragm, and the loss of estrogen’s effect in the vagina. Patients may benefit from attempting to void immediately after intercourse to lessen the risk of coitus-related introduction of bacteria into bladder, and drinking cranberry juice (10 oz/days) ...Read more
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