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Breaking the UTI Cycle

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Breaking the UTI Cycle

UTIs can affect the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. Most often, UTIs result from bacteria found in the bowel entering the urethra and bladder and causing uncomfortable symptoms. 

"UTIs can make urination very painful and frequent. They can also give urine a strong odor and milky, discolored appearance," said Rachel Anderson, DO, primary care physician at Archbold Primary Care - Thomasville. "Fever, loss of appetite and back pain are signals the infection may be affecting the kidneys and should be treated immediately."

About 60% of women will experience a UTI at some point in life compared with 12% of men. Risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Having a catheter in for extended periods of time
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy 

Treating UTIs

Antibiotics are the standard course for treatment for UTIs. Medication should be taken exactly as prescribed - until it is used up - the make sure all traces of the infection are destroyed. Even if symptoms go away, it's important to finish the medication to prevent the UTI from coming back. 

Some patients develop complicated UTIs, which tend to be more common among children and men. In these cases, a longer course of treatment or a different antibiotic is needed.

Women who have frequent UTIs may have a bladder condition that requires urological care. 

Preventing UTIs

To prevent UTIs, follow these best practices:

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Six to eight glasses a day is recommended to prevent UTIs. 
  • Use the bathroom as soon as you need to go. The longer you hold urine inside the bladder, the more likely it is that bacteria will grow. 
  • Wipe from front to back. This makes it harder for fecal bacteria to enter the urinary tract. 

Reduce UTs With More Fruits and Vegetables

Research indicates that people who eat a vegetarian diet may have a lower risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs). One study suggests that vegetarians have lower total counts of E. coli and Enterobacteriaceae spp. (salmonella is part of this family), reducing their risk of infection

A primary care provider can help you get UTIs under control. Find one at Providers | Archbold Medical Center