Having a urinary tract infection is an uncomfortable experience that you’re unlikely to forget. These bacterial infections are also incredibly common; experts believe that as many as half of all Americans will have at least one UTI in their lifetime. At Midtown Urology Associates, men and women from Austin, Texas, rely on the expertise of Dr. Trotter and Dr. Mazzarella to swiftly diagnose and treat UTIs and get you back in the swing of your daily routines.
Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria (most commonly E. coli) entering the urethra and sometimes the bladder. They are more common in women than in men, primarily due to anatomical differences.
There are several ways that bacteria can enter your urethra or bladder. Sexual activity is one means of infection, but it’s not the only way to get a UTI.
Because E. coli and other bacteria are commonly found in your intestinal tract, it takes very little for the bacteria to migrate from the anus to the urethra.
There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections. Merely incorporating certain habits into your lifestyle can have a significant impact, including the following:
Women should take these additional precautions:
Because bacteria cause urinary tract infections, the most common form of treatment is a course of antibiotics. Several types of antibiotics are prescribed for UTIs; your doctor at Midtown Urology Associates decides which one is right for you based on the type of bacteria present in your urine.
For urinary tract infections that are more complicated, or in cases where a kidney infection is also present, a different type of antibiotic may be the best course of action. These medications are called fluoroquinolones and carry a risk of severe side effects.
If you suffer from recurring urinary tract infections, you may need a long-term course of low-dose antibiotics, lasting six months or more. Another option is a single dose of antibiotic to be taken after sexual intercourse.
To learn more, contact the Midtown Urology Associates office today by phone or using the simple online booking tool.