A urinary tract infection (UTI) can cause painful urination, burning, and a sensation of being unable to empty the bladder. If you need fast relief, visit the Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness in Miami. Dr. Scott Dunkin and Dr. Eric Runyon provide effective treatment options for UTIs and other conditions that affect the female reproductive system. For a symptoms assessment or to speak with a physician, book a consultation online or call the office today.
A UTI is a urinary tract infection, which is an infection that can affect the bladder, kidneys, or urethra. Women are more likely than men to develop UTIs, which can result in painful symptoms. The further up the urinary tract the infection is, the more dangerous it can be.
In a healthy urinary tract, the urine is sterile and free from harmful bacteria. If bacteria get into the urine, however, an infection can develop and cause the symptoms of a UTI.
In most cases, a UTI is caused by the E. coli bacteria, which is a type of bacteria naturally found in the bowel and around the anus. It can be easy to accidentally introduce this bacteria into the urinary tract by improper wiping after a bowel movement or during sexual intercourse.
Women more likely to develop UTIs are those who use diaphragms as a form of birth control, as well as women who are postmenopausal, have compromised immunity, or who have kidney stones.
In some cases, you may not even realize you have a UTI, as there may not be any symptoms. However, common signs of an infection include:
A UTI can also sometimes cause pelvic pain, especially near the pubic bone.
While a UTI can be painful and uncomfortable, it's a highly treatable condition.
In most cases, your physician at Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness can resolve your UTI with antibiotics. You might also need a topical cream if you’re experiencing burning or itching in the genitals. If you have recurring urinary tract infections, your physician may want to run some diagnostic tests or refer you to a specialist.
To avoid UTIs, make sure to urinate after sexual intercourse, practice good hygiene habits, drink plenty of water, and avoid foods that can irritate the bladder, like coffee, alcohol, and spicy foods.
If you need UTI treatment today, contact Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness by calling or scheduling an appointment online.