Every year, more than eight million Americans visit the emergency room due to a urinary tract infection (UTI). Though common, without prompt treatment, UTIs can trigger severe pelvic pain, difficulty urinating, and other uncomfortable symptoms. At Advanced Urology in Morristown, New Jersey, Kjell Youngren, MD, provides safe and effective treatment on-site for urinary tract infections. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online or call the office to speak with a caring staff member today.
A urinary tract infection causes inflammation in specific parts of your urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, ureters, or urethra. The majority of urinary tract infections affect the lower urinary tract.
A urinary tract infection presents various symptoms, including:
As the infection spreads, you might also experience a persistent urge to urinate, even if you just used the restroom.
Dr. Youngren treats all types of UTIs, but he focuses on two in particular:
Bladder infections are usually caused by E. coli, a type of bacteria commonly found in the stomach and intestines. A woman’s urethra and anus are within close proximity to one another. Harmful bacteria can make its way from the anus and into the urethra. Bladder infections can also occur due to sexual intercourse.
Urethra infections are commonly caused by E. Coli. They can also occur due to sexually transmitted diseases, including herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
If you want to lower your risk of a urinary tract infection, Dr. Youngren recommends drinking plenty of water during the day, wiping from front to back after urinating or having a bowel movement, and emptying your bladder after sexual intercourse.
To diagnose a urinary tract infection, Dr. Youngren reviews your medical history, asks about your lifestyle and symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. He then orders a urinalysis. Dr. Youngren analyzes your urine sample for bacteria, white blood cells, and bacteria.
If these measures don’t provide enough information, Dr. Youngren might order diagnostic imaging with an ultrasound or a CT scan. If you experience frequent UTIs he might perform a cystoscopy. During cystoscopy, Dr. Youngren uses a long, thin tube with a lens to assess the health of your bladder.
Treatment for a urinary tract infection depends on the intensity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. If you have a mild UTI, Dr. Youngren writes a prescription for an antibiotic.
If you experience frequent infections, more intensive therapy may be necessary. Dr. Youngren might recommend low-dose antibiotics for six months, a single dose of antibiotics following sexual intercourse, or vaginal estrogen therapy if you’re post-menopausal.
Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to ease inflammation, limit discomfort, and restore your body to health.
To receive treatment for a urinary tract infection, schedule an appointment at Advanced Urology. Book a consultation online or call the office to speak with a caring staff member today.