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Why You Shouldn't Take Risks With Urinary Tract Infection

Aug 17, 2007
Urinary tract infections if caught early, can be treated effectively with prescribed antibiotics. Delaying treatment can lead to more serious complications however, by recognizing the symptoms and taking on board sound medical advice, UTI doesn't have to cause you unnecessary angst.

Women are up to four times more likely to suffer infection than men and in this article, we will help you to recognize the symptoms and then list the likely course of treatment.

UTI Symptoms

There are several symptoms associated with urinary infection however, not everyone displays them. Here are some of the more common symptoms:

- A frequency to urinate. This frequency can often be common during night time during sleep periods. Also, the urine may be clouded with a hint of blood.

- A difficulty in urinating. For example, a person may feel they need to urinate but when they do, produce very little.

- A burning sensation during urination. There can also been pain associated with this.

- Fever can also be a symptom of UTI. A feeling of lightheadedness can affect a person while others may experience abdominal pain.

Did You Know?

While men are 3-4 times less likely to suffer through a urinary tract infection than women, the risk is still there. For men, the most likely cause will be from a kidney stone or an enlarged prostate. In other words, it will more than likely be caused by some kind of obstruction.

Causes And Treatment Methods

Urinary tract infection is bacteria related. Bacteria living on the skin can infiltrate the urine as it travels from the urethra into the bladder. More serious complications can set in when it makes it's way into the kidney area. The point to remember, while it's common, UTI can cause serious problems and if you suspect the symptoms could be related, then you need to visit your doctor for analysis.

A test is conducted to determine if you have a UTI and the doctor can then decide on what course of action to pursue. In normal cases, antibiotics could be prescribed and infection can clear up reasonably quickly; two to three days. This doesn't mean it's safe to stop the medication and you'll probably be advised to continue on with the treatment for at least a week or until the prescription has been fully consumed.

How To Reduce The Risk Of UTI

- Delaying urinating is not recommended. Also, avoid urinating with a rush and in simple terms, let the urine flow at it's own pace.

- For women, wiping from back to front is not recommended as bacteria around the rectum can be carried into the vagina.

- Flushing out after sex is another tip you could consider as any present bacteria could be washed away simply by urinating.

Complicated Urinary Tract Infection

While urine infection can be cleared up in a short period in most cases, in more complicated situations, follow up procedures will be required. Infection which is still present after the initial round of treatment could be treated in a different format such as intravenously. Kidney infections are considered complicated.

Just remember, UTI is treatable. If the symptoms suggest it's at play, seek medical advice. This will prevent you having to endure needless costly treatment later for something which could have been "nipped in the bud" early.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Get the facts about urinary tract infection and why it can seriously compromise your health! Plus, read the latest infection related news and reviews at:http://www.yourinfectionsite.com
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