Nearly 60% of women in the United States will experience a UTI at least once in their life. If painful urination is causing you concern, schedule a visit with Avisheh Forouzesh, MD. At Advanced Infectious Disease Medical in Hoboken, New Jersey, you can receive prompt testing for a urinary tract infection. Dr. Forouzesh also offers comprehensive treatment to clear the infection and prevent future UTIs from disrupting your life. Learn more about available treatments for urinary tract infection by scheduling an appointment online or by calling the Hoboken office directly.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) develops when bacteria enters your body through the urethra and settles in any part of your urinary tract. There are many bacterias that can cause UTI, but the most common bacterial cause of UTI is E. coli. Bacteria that cause UTI can be spread by improper wiping techniques after using the bathroom or through sexual contact.
While men can get a UTI, women are especially prone to developing this type of infection due to the structural design of their urinary tract. Bacteria only has to travel a short distance to reach the bladder and other areas of the urinary tract.
Risk factors for a UTI include sexual intercourse, prior UTI, diabetes, structural problems of the urinary tract, and spermicide use.
The symptoms of a UTI can vary, depending on where the infection develops. In the lower urinary tract, you may experience symptoms like:
Women can also experience pelvic pain with infections in the lower urinary tract, while men may experience pain in the rectal area.
If an infection develops in the upper tract, you may experience pain in your upper back, as well as chills, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Untreated infection in the upper tract can affect your kidneys and may cause a condition called Pyelonephritis and, if untreated, this can lead to urosepsis and eventually septic shock.
Dr. Forouzesh reviews your medical history and symptoms to determine if your symptoms relate to a UTI. She can administer a urine test to identify the presence of bacteria.
If you experience frequent UTIs, you may also require an ultrasound to check for abnormalities in your urinary tract.
The doctor will review your symptoms and may prescribe antibiotics, but more importantly, she will instruct you on how to prevent and avoid future UTI infection.
If you suffer from frequent infections in your urinary tract, Dr. Forouzesh will provide an individualized and customized treatment plan.
Alleviate the pain of a UTI and learn how to prevent future infections by calling the office directly or booking an appointment with Dr. Forouzesh online.