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Doctor insights on: Urinary Tract Infection Confusion In Elderly Women

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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What are the best places to assess urinary tract infection in the elderly?

What are the best places to assess urinary tract infection in the elderly?

Dr's office/clinic: Urologists are experienced in working up patients with utis and can perform office cystoscopies (telescopic examination of bladder & urethra) geriatricians are experienced in taking care of the elderly. Interested internists & family practioners can also do a good job & refer to a urologist if necessary. Not an er.

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Can you please explain why the elderly become disoriented when they have a urinary tract infection?

Can you please explain why the elderly become disoriented when they have a urinary tract infection?

Delirium: Older adults brains are susceptible tom any stressors including medical illness, medications, dehydration, etc. If one already has memory impairment, then there will be an increased risk for developing an acute change in mental status, or delirium. It is often multifactorial and a true medical emergency.

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Can a urinary tract infection cause someone elderly to lose his ability to speak?

Can a urinary tract infection cause someone elderly to lose his ability to speak?

Sepsis: Any infection can go into the blood stream or what is called sepsis. Severe infection may cause mental confusion and at times a stroke like symptoms.

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Might having a urinary tract infection cause an elderly person to lose his ability to speak and interact?

Might having a urinary tract infection cause an elderly person to lose his ability to speak and interact?

No: Not unless that infection spreads, becomes very severe and affects the parts of the brain controlling speech. This would be incredibly rare.

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What are some signs & symptoms of a female urinary tract infection?

What are some signs & symptoms of a female urinary tract infection?

Urgency: Burning urination, increased frequency, cloudy foul smelling urine, pain in the bladder area. Fever, chills and back pain usually suggest infection of the kidneys and require hospital admission for IV antibiotics.

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What makes a woman get a urinary tract infection?

What makes a woman get a urinary tract infection?

Anatomy: In general, the proximity of the urethra to the perineum where bacteria flourish is the main reason. Sexual activity can often push bacteria from this region into the urethra. Since the urethra is quite short in females, the trip into the bladder is easily made especially with mechanical assistance with intercourse.

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Is it ok after takin cipropan change to cikaclox and bck to cipropan for urinary tract infection in females and why is dere still constant itching?

Is it ok after takin cipropan change to cikaclox and bck to cipropan for urinary tract infection in females and why is dere still constant itching?

Yeast?: Itching is usually not a sign of a uti. It may be that you have a yeast infection as a result of the antibiotics. Your bacterial infection may be better and now all your symptoms are due to the secondary yeast infection, More antibiotics will only make yeast infections worse. So get checked again today to see if that is what is going on!

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Can a guy transfer a urinary tract infection to a woman while having sex?

Can a guy transfer a urinary tract infection to a woman while having sex?

UTI: Bacteria on the skin can get into the urethra and bladder during sex. So its not transferred by the guy, per se, but can occur. Shower before sex can help and urinatiing right after can also help.

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When must a woman call her doctor if she thinks she has a urinary tract infection?

At that time: Because she needs to have her urine tested for infection and then started on antibiotics if she does in fact have a uti.

Dr. Gerald Mandell
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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. Debra Rosenblatt
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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), urinary ...Read more