Urinary tract infections (UTIs) develop when bacteria enter your urethra and travel to your bladder and kidneys. If you have pain when you urinate and your urine looks cloudy or bloody, contact Jose Maymi, MD, for evaluation and treatment of persistent or chronic UTIs. Dr. Maymi treats men and women with UTIs at his practice in Brownsville, Texas. Call or schedule a consultation online today for rapid treatment and relief.
A UTI is an infection of your urinary tract that occurs when bacteria enter your urethra. It can affect any part of your urinary system including your urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys.
UTIs cause several uncomfortable symptoms including a burning, painful sensation when you urinate, cloudy or bloody urine, and pelvic pain. You may also find that you have more frequent and intense urges to urinate but can pass only a small amount of liquid.
In most cases, you get a UTI when bacteria enter your urethra. The bacteria thrive in a warm, moist environment and multiply quickly. The infection irritates your urinary tract, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain.
Women are more likely than men to experience UTIs because of the proximity of their urethra and anus, which makes it easier for bacteria such as E. coli to enter your urinary tract. A woman’s urethra is also shorter than a man’s, which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder. Also, as women age and their estrogen levels decrease, their genital tissue becomes thin and dry — and more vulnerable to infection.
You may also develop a UTI after having a catheter or following a urinary tract surgery or procedure. Blockages in your urinary tract due to kidney stones or urinary tract abnormalities can also lead to UTIs.
You can reduce your risk of contracting a UTI by always wiping from front to back after using the bathroom, urinating after sex, and staying hydrated.
Dr. Maymi diagnoses UTIs with a physical exam and urinalysis. He talks to you about your symptoms, general health, and lifestyle. He takes a urine sample to test for a bacterial infection. He may order additional testing to check for other conditions that could cause similar symptoms.
In most cases, Dr. Maymi prescribes antibiotics to help your body fight off your UTI. You should also make sure to drink plenty of water to flush out your urinary system.
You should always seek a medical assessment for a UTI, especially if you have them so often that you recognize the symptoms. Dr. Maymi can provide advice and treatment to help you reduce your risk of future UTIs.
Call Dr. Maymi or schedule an appointment online today if you think you have a UTI.