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Dr. James Lin
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Urinary Tract Infections (Overview)

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 doctor based on symptoms.


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Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?

Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?

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

Dr. James Lin
1,969 Doctors shared insights

Urinary Tract Infections (Overview)

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 doctor based on symptoms.


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How does a UTI (urinary tract infection) feel?

How does a UTI (urinary tract infection) feel?

Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. ...Read more

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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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What could be the symptoms urinary tract infection in men?

What could be the symptoms urinary tract infection in men?

See below: Burning on urination, foul smelling urine, urge to urinate frequently, fever, abdominal pain etc. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/urinary-tract-infection/ds00286. ...Read more

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What are the signs of urinary tract infection in women?

What are the signs of urinary tract infection in women?

Pain with urination: There are several common symptoms, not eveyone has all the symptoms

burning with urination
cloudy urine
unpleasant smell to urine
more frequent urination
blood in urine. ...Read more

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I see blood on tissue paper after urinating. Urine test was done and urinary tract infection test came negative. Any advice would help.

I see blood on tissue paper after urinating. Urine test was done and urinary tract infection test came negative. Any advice would help.

Hematuria: Blood in urine is abnormal and requires an investigation. Make sure that the blood is not from the vagina or anal area. A urologist is best qualified to evaluate you if there is true hematuria. Stones or growths in the urinary tract are other causes of hematuria. It's helpful to know whether the blood is at the beginning or end of urination or throughout the entire stream. ...Read more

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I've had multiple tests (urine sample) for urinary tract infections and nothing ever comes up, even though I suffer all the symptoms. What could it be?

I've had multiple tests (urine sample) for urinary tract infections and nothing ever comes up, even though I suffer all the symptoms. What could it be?

Interstitialcystitis: You probably suffer from interstitial cystitis.
Consult a urologist but also see a holistic practitioner as this condition is often related to food sensitivities, intestinal yeast overgrowth ; chronic infections like lyme disease ; can respond to herbs, homeopathy ; other natural therapies.
See https://www. Ic-network. Com/conditions/interstitial-cystitis/
; http://curezone. Com/blogs/f.Asp? F=1421. ...Read more

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What causes urinary tract infections?

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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I have been having headaches and flu. Results of urinalysis shiw my RBC at 25-30. Does this mean I have urinary tract infection?

I have been having headaches and flu. Results of urinalysis shiw my RBC at 25-30. Does this mean I have urinary tract infection?

Blood in urine: You need to have a urine sent off for a culture to see if you have a uti. Your urine analysis (ua) did not show any bacteria (b) or white blood cells (w), correct? If you had a UTI b or w would be seen in your ua. If you don't have a uti, see a urologist to rule bleeding in your kidney or bladder. If no bleeding source is found, consult with a nephrologist to see if you have glomerular disease. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative medicines that may treat urinary tract infections in women?

Are there any alternative medicines that may treat urinary tract infections in women?

Not really: Increase fluids and follow symptoms. If not improved in a couple of days, call your doctor as a short course of antibiotics is usually curative very quickly. ...Read more

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My mom diabetic one weeks back got treated for urinary tract infection still suffering from little back pain, tigh pain, hip pain. Is this pain curable?

My mom diabetic one weeks back got treated for urinary tract infection still suffering from little back pain, tigh pain, hip pain. Is this pain curable?

Yes, curable.: Did she have the typical burning, urgency and urinary frequency in the beginning? Was a urine culture performed to determine if she was on the correct antibiotic. She needs to have a repeat urine specimen to see if infection has cleared. The pains you describe may have another cause. Aching in hips and pelvis are common in UTI, but specific joint pains might be from something else. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for urinary tract infections in children?

What's the best treatment for urinary tract infections in children?

Guided antibiotics: Antibiotics guides by the results of a properly obtained urine culture is the standard of care for UTI treatment in kids. Treatment based on urinalysis or symptoms is often misdirected and at worst delays proper care. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for urinary tract infections in men?

Are there any new treatments for urinary tract infections in men?

Not really: Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) as an antibiotic is often used as a first line antibioticmore often rather than sulfonamides, trimethoprim-sulfa, Amoxicillin or nitrofurantoin. Lasers are used to treat bladder stones or many obstructive conditions if they are resonsible in causing utis. Ultrasound bladder scanners are used to diagnosed post-void residuals rather TAH using a catheter. That's about it. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to get rid of urinary tract infections with out takeing antibiotics?

Is there a natural way to get rid of urinary tract infections with out takeing antibiotics?

Not Worth the Risk: If you truly have a bacterial uti, the risk of permanent damage to the kidney from an untreated infection is not worth the risk of use generally worthless or at best very weak "natural" cures. Particularly when the right antibiotic always works (and with rare side effects). ...Read more

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I feel like i’m the only one of my friends that gets urinary tract infections (utis)? What gives…am I the only one?

I feel like i’m the only one of my friends that gets urinary tract infections (utis)? What gives…am I the only one?

No: Are you a woman? Some women tend to get repeated urinary infections, some induced by intercourse. You may be the only one among your friends but you are not alone. Please see your doctor for evaluation, treatment and prevention. ...Read more

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What causes urinary tract infections in women?

Your own bacteria: Urinary tract infections (UTI) come from bacteria already living on your perineal ("bottom") area. These "bad" bacteria that cause UTI are usually kept in check by other "good" bacteria living in the same area. Reasons women get infections are multifactorial (multiple reasons) including sexual activity, state of immune system, anatomy, bladder function, genetic predisposition, possibly diet, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Will drinking cranberry juice reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (utis)?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Usually ineffective: Controlled studies in adults showed that cranberry juice has a modest suppressive effect only when ingested a large quantity. Certainly not for children. ...Read more

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How can you prevent urinary tract infections before they happen?

How can you prevent urinary tract infections before they happen?

Several things: Drink lots of water daily, vitamin c and cranberry juice make the urine more acidic which tends to discourage infection, urinate often-don't hold urine as long as possible, avoid foreign agents like douches, feminine scented products, avoid contamination from rectal secretions/contents. ...Read more

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How can I naturally cure and treat urinary tract infections and avoid recurrence and frequent pain?

How can I naturally cure and treat urinary tract infections and avoid recurrence and frequent pain?

Stay hydrated: There is no sure-fire way to prevent uti's. Some things that may help include: don't wait too long (e.g. Not more than 3-4 hours) between urinations, empty the bladder soon after intercourse, and clean carefully after bowel movements.

Although there are no research studies, these are commone sense things that may help reduce the incidence of uti's. ...Read more

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Urinary tract infection for life?

Urinary tract infection for life?

Very unlikely: Recurrent uti's occur but a permanent UTI is very unlikely. Other diseases can mimic a UTI such as interstitial cystitis, polycystic kidney disease, lithium toxicity, sarcoidosis, & bladder cancer. Patients with prior surgery, retained surgical material, stents, kidney stones or abscess may require long term antibiotics for treatment & suppression. A specialist can sort out these problems. ...Read more

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Symptoms of urinary tract infection?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Symptoms of urinary tract infection?

See below: Classic symptoms are burning/pain upon urination, with less common being fever, increased frequency, and increased urgency. Cure is with antibiotics. See a doctor to verify with a urine study. ...Read more

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Causes of male urinary tract infection?

Causes of male urinary tract infection?

Multiple: Cause of male UTI are varied and can include - poor fluid intake, phimosis (tight foreskin) and poor hygiene, urianry tratc stones, benign prostate enlargement with incomplete bladder emptying, uretharl stricture, urinary tract stones, and obstruction anywhere in the urinary tract. Furthermore, abnormal connection between the urinary tract and the intestine diverticulitis or cancer may occur. ...Read more

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What are urinary tract infection symptoms?

What are urinary tract infection symptoms?

Must recognize: Urination is not normal. Burning, urgency, bladder discomfort, frequency. If in the kidney, thirst, flank pain. Fever is common. Never trivial, but today easy to treat effectively. Any concern, a physician office visit may save your life. ...Read more

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What's a urinary tract infection limited to?

What's a urinary tract infection limited to?

Urinary tract: That is kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. However a severe kidney infection can spread via the blood stream to the rest of the body, heart, brain, lungs etc.. ...Read more

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What is the cause of urinary tract infection?

What is the cause of urinary tract infection?

Many reasons: It is a very broad question. Girls before puberty suffer from it, young adult women suffer from it (honeymoon cystitis), older women suffer from it (post menopausal). Men suffer from it especially with stones, bladder tumors. These are just a few examples. Hence if the urinary infection is recurrent, it must be investigated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a urinary tract infection?

See a: Medical provider for proper treatment. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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