Up to 60% of American women experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point during their lives. If you have a painful burning sensation when you urinate, don’t assume your symptoms will go away on their own. The team at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC in Leesburg, and Lady Lake, in Florida, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for UTIs. Call Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC or make an appointment online today.
Your urinary tract includes your urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. A UTI occurs when bacteria, usually E. coli, enters and infects your urinary tract. Women are more likely to get UTIs than men, and if you have had one UTI, there’s a 40% chance that you’ll have another within six months.
Several factors contribute to a woman’s increased risk of a UTI. For example, your urethra is shorter than a man’s, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel to your bladder. Additionally, your urethra opening is close to your vagina and anus, and bacteria can spread quickly with sexual intercourse and incorrect hygiene.
The most common symptom of a UTI is a painful, burning feeling when you urinate. Other symptoms of a UTI include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with the doctors at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC. Even if you’ve had a UTI before and think that you can treat yourself at home by drinking extra water, you should get a professional diagnosis and treatment.
The team at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC uses a physical exam and testing to diagnose a UTI. They talk to you about your symptoms and medical history. They can also use urinalysis to confirm your diagnosis. If you have chronic UTIs, your doctor can refer you for cystoscopy to examine your urinary tract for abnormalities that increase your risk of getting a UTI.
If you have a UTI, the doctors at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC provide customized treatments to help your body fight off the infection. In most cases, they prescribe antibiotics. While you should start to feel better in a day or two, you should finish the antibiotics to ensure that all traces of bacteria have been flushed from your symptom.
You should also drink plenty of water to flush out your system. Juices, including cranberry juice, include too much sugar, which can actually feed the bacteria and make your infection worse.
Call Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.