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Doctor insights on: Uti Bladder Infection

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Would frequent utis (bladder infections) be caused by an std?

Would frequent utis (bladder infections) be caused by an std?

Almost never: Men with scarred/restricted urethra due to past STD can be susceptible to recurrent UTI, a rare complication these days. Recurrent bladder infections in women have nothing to do with past or current STD. However, in some women sex often triggers UTI, by "massaging" bacteria into the urethra. See your doctor; this is often preventable with low dose antibiotic taken after sex or 1-2 times a week. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Can large labia minoras be why women get frequent UTIs/bladder infections? Maybe the bacteria gets trapped?

Can large labia minoras be why women get frequent UTIs/bladder infections? Maybe the bacteria gets trapped?

Many factors.: There are many things which predispose women to UTIs. Women naturally have shorter urethra, which allows bacteria easier access to the bladder. Hygiene is also an issue (wipe front to back, always, after using bathroom). Obesity & large labia can cause obstruction, predisposing to UTIs. Genetics also plays a part - if your mother or sister had frequent UTIs, you're likely to as well. HopeThisHelps ...Read more

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I have pain and tenderness when pressure is applied to center of upper abdomen.I have been tested for STDs and uti,bladder infections and every thing is negative.What else could this be?

I have pain and tenderness when pressure is applied to center of upper abdomen.I have been tested for STDs and uti,bladder infections and every thing is negative.What else could this be?

Stomach and pancreas: are the two main organs in the central upper abdomen, and esophagitis from reflux, peptic ulcers, or pancreatitis can all cause pain in this location, as well as occasional constipation. Relationship to eating, response to antacids taken orally and bowel movement history are all important to your doctor to help you identify the cause. UTI and STD are more likely to cause lower abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Could i cure a uti/bladder infection at home?

Could i cure a uti/bladder infection at home?

Yes: As long as the infection is mild, that is , not associated with blood in the urine or a fever it may be cured at home. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i cure a uti/bladder infection at home?

Please tell me, could i cure a uti/bladder infection at home?

No: U need antibiotics, please call your doc or go to an urgent visit center or the er as a last resort. ...Read more

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I am being treated for a uti/bladder infection, but now my left side hurts and I am nauseous most of the evening. What should I do?

I am being treated for a uti/bladder infection,  but now my left side hurts and I am nauseous most of the evening. What should I do?

Pyelonephritis: Very often a bladder infection can get worse and spread to the kidney. Patients usually have painful urination and also have fever chill back pain nausea malaise etc . If you have these symptoms you may be starting a kidney infection and you need to see a physician asap. ...Read more

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What are the chances of still having a uti/bladder infection if urine dip and culture were all negative? Tested 2 times in the same week

What are the chances of still having a uti/bladder infection if urine dip and culture were all negative? Tested 2 times in the same week

No typical infection: If a urine dipstick tests for infection and is negative, then there is no infection, and the lab usually won't culture the urine. One can be sure of no infection if a repeat dipstick is negative. If the lab cultures the urine even anyway and gets a negative result, that would be the expected result. One should continue looking for causes of symptoms, other than a typical UTI with typical bacteria. ...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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Can I take cephalexin for a uti/ bladder infection?

Can I take cephalexin for a uti/ bladder infection?

Get evaluated. : Cephalexin is a common and sometimes effective treatment for utis. However, more important than the antibiotic is the sensitivity of the bacteria to it. A urine culture is necessary to show that the UTI is susceptible to the antibiotic; if not, it will be ineffective and you will contribute to drug resistance. See your physician prior to taking any medications on your own. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you put of treating a possible UTI / bladder infection / kidney infection?

Can or should?: Bladder UTI won't kill you, kidney UTI might. Ideally, should never delay treating a uti, you never know which urinary infection will be restricted to the the bladder (lower urinary tract). Just because person has had many utis which never reached kideny, doesn't mean that the next one won't. ...Read more

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My bladder hurts all the time. I would get treated for a uti/bladder infection but the pain is still there. Its very uncomfortable. What can it be?

My bladder hurts all the time. I would get treated for a uti/bladder infection but the pain is still there. Its very uncomfortable. What can it be?

Need more evaluation: If the pain were due to a simple UTI it should have improved. It could be prostatitis, which is more difficult to treat. This is not normal. You should have a urinalysis, urine culture and probably a Urology consultation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take azo cranberry pills for a uti/bladder infection while breastfeeding a 7 week old?

Is it safe to take azo cranberry pills for a uti/bladder infection while breastfeeding a 7 week old?

Safe for baby but...: Cranberry has always been controversial, but from recent research we know for sure it does not prevent or treat UTI. The "azo" component is phenazypyridine, a bladder anesthetic: it somewhat numbs the inside of the bladder and helps reduce symptoms, but doesn't cure UTI. You need to have a proper antibiotic by prescription. In any case, it won't harm your baby. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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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. J. Lawrence Dohan
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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