Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
1 AnswerOften urinary tract infection (UTI) is the first sign of a congenital bladder or kidney anomaly. These UTIs may go undiagnosed if there is not a proper examination of the urine. If a true UTI exists then renal and bladder ultrasound as well as a VCUG should be performed to rule out any renal or bladder anomalies. Thirty to forty percent of children with a UTI accompanied by a high fever will have some type of urologic anomaly from birth.
1 AnswerDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredAntibiotics are most beneficial during the first 6 months of treatment. That's when a urinary tract infection (UTI) is most likely to stage a comeback in infection-prone kids. Long-term antibiotic use in children with UTIs has been linked to antibiotic resistance (when wily germs mutate to the point that they laugh off an antibiotic).
If your child has a normal urinary tract, she may be able to prevent future infections by following a few simple rules:
- Go when she needs to go. Holding it till she's doing the pee-pee dance outside the bathroom can cause urine to back up and allow bacteria to thrive.
- Clean properly. Children need to be taught to wipe front to back after urinating to avoid carrying bacteria from the rectum to the urinary tract.
- Avoid bubble baths and strong soaps. Both can irritate the urethra and make it painful to urinate. If she tries not to go because of this, it increases her UTI risk.
1 AnswerRealAge answered
Menopausal women are more prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs). The primary symptoms are painful urination or a need to urinate and void frequently. This problem is encountered more frequently after the age of 60 (i.e., after menopause) but may occur earlier. UTIs may be brought on by loss of estrogen and the resulting skin and glandular thinning around the urethra. Estrogen replenishment or local estrogen treatment may reduce the likelihood of urinary tract infections.
1 AnswerIntermountain Healthcare answeredCall or go to the doctor or clinic if you think you have a bladder infection (urinary tract infection). Only a doctor can give you medicine to cure a UTI. If you can't reach the doctor or clinic, go to an urgent-care clinic or to the hospital.
To treat pain while you wait for medical care, use acetaminophen (like Tylenol) or ibuprofen (like Advil). Follow the instructions for timing and dose. Do not give aspirin to a child or teen -- it increases risk for a serious problem called Reye's syndrome.
2 AnswersDr. Carmen Patrick Mohan, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredStudies in Japan and China have favorable results regarding blueberries preventing UTI. However, there have been few trials in English-speaking countries. The studies exploring blueberries for UTI are currently considered too poor methodologically to yield clinically useful information.
1 AnswerDr. Mehmet Oz, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answeredBladder issues, such as frequent urination or burning, may mean your body is signaling a spreading urinary tract infection. Many women experience UTI, or a bacterial infection of the bladder. Sometimes the bacteria can ascend to the uterus, releasing pus into the kidneys and even spreading into the blood. In a worst-case scenario, what started as a normal UTI can lead to organ failure.
How do you know if you have a typical UTI or if your body is alerting you to something more serious? If, in addition to typical bladder issues, you experience fever, a rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, or back pain, see your doctor as it may be a sign your UTI is spreading and should be treated immediately with antibiotics.
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1 AnswerDr. Robin Miller, MD , Internal Medicine, answered
A urinary tract infection in men is diagnosed the same way that it is in women. If a man has symptoms his urine will be collected and examined for the presence of white blood cells and bacteria. If present, most providers will request a culture to see what bacteria has caused the infection and which antibiotic will be the best choice to treat the infection.
If a kidney infection is suspected, further studies may be performed such as an ultrasound or CT scan of the kidneys, ureters and bladder.
1 AnswerDr. Howard E. Lewine, MD , Hospitalist, answeredIt depends upon which part of the urinary tract has become infected.
Urinary tract infections in men include those that involve the:
- Urethra, causing urethritis (The urethra runs from the opening at the tip of the penis to the bladder.)
- Bladder, causing cystitis
- Prostate, causing prostatitis
- Kidney, causing pyelonephritis
Bladder infections in men occur much less frequently than they do in women. A man has a longer urethra. This makes it harder for bacteria to get into the bladder. Because bladder infections in men are uncommon, men who have more than one bladder infection should be evaluated for a possible underlying cause. They could have a variation in the normal tract that makes it easier for bacteria to get into the bladder.
Prostatitis can occur from bacteria that make their way from the bladder to the prostate gland. Prostatitis is rarely related to a sexually transmitted infection.
A few bacteria can make it from the urethra all the way to the kidneys. They then can multiply and cause an infection. A kidney can also become infected if there are bacteria in the blood that then get into the kidney.
Men who engage in anal sex have a higher risk of all the above types of urinary tract infection.