Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for more than eight million visits to the doctor every year, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Whether you’re experiencing your first UTI or frequently have repeat infections, the family medicine specialists at Voss Family Clinic in Sugar Land, Texas, can help. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a visit online.
A urinary tract infection or UTI is an infection that affects your bladder, urethra, kidneys, or ureters. Caused by bacteria in most cases, UTIs commonly affect the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.
There are three main types of urinary tract infections, each of which Voss Family Clinic treats. They are:
Cystitis is a bladder infection that causes a frequent urge to urinate, pain while urinating, lower abdominal pain, or cloudy or bloody urine.
Pyelonephritis is a kidney infection that can cause one-sided back pain, fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting.
Urethritis is an infection of the urethra. It can lead to abnormal vaginal or penile discharge, as well as a burning sensation during urination.
Many people experience no symptoms when they have a urinary tract infection. However, some of the most common UTI symptoms to look out for include:
While about one in 10 men experience a UTI during their lifetime, urinary tract infections are far more common in women. Some experts estimate that your chances of developing a UTI as a woman are one in two.
Bacteria in the urinary system are the main cause of most urinary tract infections. Risk factors that increase your chances of developing a UTI include:
UTIs rarely lead to additional complications when treated right away. However, untreated UTIs increase your risk of recurrent infections, kidney damage, and even low birth weight if you’re pregnant.
The most common treatment for a urinary tract infection is antibiotics, but the best way to stop a UTI in its tracks is to prevent it in the first place. Some tips to prevent a UTI include:
If you’re struggling with a urinary tract infection, call the experts at Voss Family Clinic or schedule an appointment online.