Urinary Tract Infection(UTI) treatment in Koramangala, Bangalore
Not everyone is comfortable talking about their urological problems. Women are especially wary about sharing their issues even with their doctors. This hesitancy might result in keeping them from getting the proper care that they need.
To avoid delaying the treatment and treating the issues before becoming more serious, you should visit a urologist at the first sign of the problem. Let’s discuss how common these urological issues (like UTI) are and how simple it is to get rid of them with proper care.
What Is UTI?
An infection in any part of your urinary system, including the ureters, kidneys, bladder, or the urethra, can be termed as Urinary Tract Infection or UTI. The spread and intensity of the UTI can be different in each case.
In some cases, the UTI can induce just some mild pain and may go away on its own. But if the infection occurs or spreads to your kidneys, it can have serious consequences.
UTIs are very common. Women are more likely to develop UTIs than men because of their anatomy.
Types Of UTI
There are different types of urinary tract infections that show different signs and may need varied treatment approaches. The types depend upon which part of the tract is infected.
- Acute pyelonephritis – when the infection occurs in the kidneys
- Cystitis – infection in the bladder
- Urethritis – infection in the urethra
Symptoms Of UTI
UTIs are very common: About four out of 10 women have suffered from them sometime in their life. Also, they don’t always show any significant symptoms, even if there are signs. These are very commonly mistaken for something else.
The common symptoms of UTIs are:
- Bursts of pelvic pain, especially in the centre
- Signs of blood in the urine
- Urine leaks
- Difficulty or burning sensation while passing urine
- Persistent urge to urinate
What Causes UTIs?
The urinary system has a defence system that keeps the microorganisms at bay and prevents them from entering the urinary tract. Sometimes, due to various reasons, including unprotected sexual intercourse, these defences fail and may let the bacteria enter through the urethra and further multiply in the bladder. The bacteria may grow into full-blown UTI that may need serious treatments, further than some antibiotics.
When To See A Doctor For UTI?
Urologists are specialists at treating issues related to the urinary tract and reproductive system. If you show the symptoms and signs of UTI like pelvic pain, urge to urinate too often, etc., it’s time for you to visit a doctor.
A general physician might help you in primary care, but they might suggest you visit a urologist if the issue persists. Apollo Hospitals have renowned and experienced specialists in the field of urology and urogynaecology.
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UTIs are easy to diagnose and treat. But if left untreated, they might lead to severe complications. These complications may include:
- Kidney infections that may lead to permanent kidney damage
- Frequent recurrence of infections
- Risk of premature delivery
- Life-threatening sepsis
UTIs and severity can be diagnosed by analysing urine samples, using imaging, or through cystoscopy. The treatment plan can be devised depending on the diagnosis. For uncomplicated infections, your doctor may suggest an antibiotic course for a week or two.
Frequent infections may need to be treated with long-duration medication or estrogen therapy. Severe UTIs may require you to be hospitalised and go through IV medication treatments. In any case, it is advised not to self-medicate, consult a doctor and follow the suggested treatment plan.
The urinary tract infections or any issues related to your urological health are not something you should ignore. Consulting with the doctors about these issues would result in timely diagnosis and treatment of these infections, and further complications can be easily avoided.
In some cases, yes, some minor, non-complicated UTI may resolve on their own. But in most cases, your body might need some help from antibiotics to fight off the infection.
A superficial bladder infection may go away within a day or two with medication. If the infection is deeper and more severe, it may take longer than a week.
You can take some steps to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by drinking plenty of fluids, keeping up the hygiene, avoiding irritating chemicals, and using better birth control measures.