Urinary Tract Infections
What our doctor speaks about urinary tract infections could go a long way in making patients aware about the same. UTIs affect kidneys, ureters (tubes carrying urine from kidneys to the urinary bladder), and urinary bladder. UTI is caused by bacteria infesting the urinary tract when they break through the body’s defense mechanism.
A microbial or bacterial infection could affect any section of the upper and lower urinary tract. Our urological expert, Dr. Leonard mentions some interesting facts about UTI:
- Women are more vulnerable to UTI than men owing to their shorter urethra
- 20% of women will be diagnosed with UTI at least once in a life
- Drinking cranberry juice and consuming cranberry extracts could help prevent urinary tract infections
- Men diagnosed with oversized prostate glands and diabetics are also highly susceptible to UTI
- One can get relief from UTI after undergoing treatment for 2-4 days
- Ignoring or delaying treatment could aggravate the infection leading to adversely affecting the kidneys
The E. coli (Escherichia coli) bacterium which lives in the gut is responsible for causing most of the UTIs. Mycoplasma and Chlamydia are two other types of bacteria that cause UTI, but they infect the urethra instead of the bladder. The name of the UTI indicates which section of the urinary tract is affected.
Cystitis is infection the bladder while a urethral infection is termed urethritis.
The symptoms could vary depending on an individual’s age and gender, the infected section of the urinary tract, and catheter presence. The most common UTI symptoms include:
- Abdominal and muscular pain
- Urge to urinate frequently
- Vomiting and nausea
- Urine has a bloody and hazy texture with a powerful smell
- Experiencing a burning feeling and pain while urinating
- Pain on the sides and upper back, fatigue, chills, and shaking could be symptomatic of acute pyelonephritis, a grave kidney infection
We perform a urinalysis on patients if we suspect that they are suffering from a UTI. We take the patient’s urine sample for carrying out the urinalysis.
Treatment for UTIs & chronic UTIs
Our urologists suggest an antibiotic course for patients diagnosed with UTIs. The antibiotic we prescribe depends upon the UTI type. Whether a patient has to take the medicinal course for a short time or a long period depends upon the antibiotic type.
We usually recommend powerful intravenous or oral antibiotics for serious UTI infections. They are also advised to complete the medicine course even if he or she starts feeling better. We also advise patients to drink enough water throughout the day for flushing out the microbes.
When the infection heals, we recommend the patients to follow certain tips for preventing recurrence of UTI. For instance, we tell them to have a shower instead of a bath.
About Fifth Avenue Urology
The urologists at Fifth Avenue Urology have gathered years of experience in making available detailed, exclusive, and empathetic urological services. We at Fifth Avenue Urology take good care of our patients and treat them with deference. Our urologists are quite adept in dealing with issues about the reproductive and urological systems of men and women.
We’ve been carrying out various surgical procedures for treating erectile dysfunction, prostatitis, BPH, incontinence, kidney cancer, and the like. Our urologists are also very efficient in treating simple and complicated cases of urinary tract infections. Our urologist, Dr. Leonard Glickman, a graduate of New York University Medical School, specializes in minimally-invasive surgical procedures for prostate and kidney problems.
Dr. Glickman also offers consultation for urological complications like kidney stones, male infertility, and urinary tract infections.
For more information and to schedule a professional consultation, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best urologists in NYC.
FIFTH AVENUE UROLOGY
Dr. Michael Brodherson | Dr. Yaniv Larish | Dr. Leonard Glickman
4 East 76th Street
New York, NY 10021