Some urinary tract infections might seem mild enough not to need professional treatment. However, they can worsen quickly or develop serious complications. At Bayside Urology in Clearwater and Dunedin, Florida, seasoned urologist Cesar Abreu Jr., MD, and his team diagnose and treat urinary tract infections and their complications. To schedule your appointment, call either office or use the online booking tool today.
A urinary tract infection is an infection caused by bacteria, viruses, or yeast, that affects your urinary system. This includes your urethra, bladder, kidneys, or the ureters between your bladder and kidneys.
Within your urinary system, your kidneys create urine by filtering waste from your blood. The urine travels down the ureters to your bladder, which stores urine until you empty it through your urethra. Any part of this system can become infected or inflamed, causing discomfort, pain, and other troublesome symptoms.
If your urinary tract infection affects your bladder, you might receive a diagnosis of cystitis. Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder and is most often associated with a bacterial infection. A specific type of cystitis, called interstitial cystitis, is not associated with any infection but causes inflammation in the lining and muscle of your bladder.
At Bayside Urology, the team asks you to describe your symptoms in order to diagnose your infection. The symptoms of a urinary tract infection vary slightly depending on the location.
Possible symptoms include:
The Bayside Urology team may run tests to confirm your diagnosis. They take a thorough medical history, perform a standard physical exam, and take a urine sample to use for analysis.
Your urinary tract infection treatment plan depends on the cause. For example, a treatment plan for a bacterial infection might look different from a treatment plan for a yeast or viral infection.
If you have a bacterial urinary tract infection, you may need to take a course of antibiotics. The length of your antibiotic treatment depends on the extent of the infection. There are other medications available for other causes, like antiviral medications for viral urinary tract infections.
If you have interstitial cystitis, your treatment depends on the severity and duration of your symptoms. Antihistamines and anti-inflammatory drugs can help relieve symptoms, and surgery may be an option if noninvasive treatments aren’t effective or you have a very small bladder.
To prevent future urinary tract infections, the Bayside Urology team recommends drinking plenty of fluids and maintaining your personal hygiene.
Urinary tract infection symptoms are nearly impossible to ignore. For an accurate diagnosis and personalized, effective treatment, call Bayside Urology, or book an appointment online today.