Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Q What is a urinary tract infection?
Urinary tract infection generally refers to a bacterial infection of the urinary tract system. The urinary tract consists the kidneys, the bladder, the ureters (two small diameter muscular tubes that connect each kidney to the bladder), and the urethra... Full Answer
- Q Does cranberry help prevent urinary tract infection?
Dr. Kevin Windom, Obstetrics & GynecologyYes, cranberry juice does help prevent urinary tract infections. I encourage patients who have chronic bladder infections to drink cranberry juice everyday or take a cranberry pill everyday, which is usually easier for my patients. This will make the... Full Answer
- Q What causes urinary tract infections (UTIs)?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineUrinary tract infections (UTIs) are triggered by bacteria (and sometimes fungi and viruses). The old thinking was this: bugs enter the urethra (the tube that urine goes through) and colonize the bladder and kidney after sex or—for... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?
The symptoms that a urinary tract infection causes depend, to some degree, on the specific location in the urinary tract that the infection has occurred. Most symptomatic urinary tract infections involve the bladder and, as such, can also be termed... Full Answer
- Q How can I prevent a urinary tract infection?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyUrinary tract infections(UTIs) can be painful and hard to get rid of. Find out what you can do to prevent UTIs as Dr. Oz discusses these infections in a video. Full Answer
- Q How is a urinary tract infection diagnosed?
Typically, the diagnosis of urinary tract infection can be made from the symptoms alone. Laboratory tests such as urine analysis and urine culture may be useful at times. Occasionally, additional testing, such as blood analysis, x-rays, CT scans, and... Full Answer
- Q How is a urinary tract infection (UTI) treated?
UTIs are treated with antibiotics (an-tuh-beye-OT-iks), medicines that kill the bacteria that cause the infection. Your doctor will tell you how long you need to take the medicine. Make sure you take all of your medicine, even if you feel better! Many... Full Answer
- Q What causes bladder infections?
Dr. Kevin Windom, Obstetrics & GynecologyBladder infections are caused by bacteria that occur in fecal material. The most common bacteria seen in a urinary tract infection is E. coli, and this is also commonly seen in stool. Urinary tract infections can be caused by sexual... Full Answer