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Wellness for Washington Women

Simple Facts and Myths about UTIs

Wednesday, January 9, 2019



Joy Jensen, MN, RN, Clinic Nurse Manager 

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) occurs when any part of the urinary tract become infected by bacteria.

There are many types of UTIs. Urethritis is caused by an infection in the urethra. Cystitis is caused by an infection in the bladder. These lower urinary tract infections are more common and less serious. While Pyelonephritis, caused by an infection in the kidney, may occur if a lower tract UTI is untreated. These more serious infections may require hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics.

 Urinary Tract Infections Causes

Not every woman with a UTI has symptoms, but most notice at least one or more of the following signs:

Except for pregnancy and certain high-risk conditions, bacteria in urine without symptoms may not need treatment

The “Fake” UTI

Some women have UTI-like symptoms when they do not actually have a UTI. This is due to various irritants that an individual may be sensitive to. Once the irritant is removed all symptoms go away. These may include:

Diagnosis & Treatment for UTIs

Standard treatment for UTI’s is bacteria-fighting antibiotics. The choice of medication and length of treatment depend on a person’s allergies, medical history, and type of bacteria causing the infection. Antibiotic medication is most effective when patients take the full recommended amount. It is important not to stop taking antibiotics at the first sign of improvement, as the infection may remain in the body even after symptoms disappear and later become worse.

Several lifestyle habits can reduce the likelihood that a person will contract a UTI.

In addition, women should:

 

For more information on treatments for UTIs in women, visit http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/#treatment



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