Women's Wellness January 2011
Treating Urinary Tract Infections
According to the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an infection that begins in your urinary system. Your urinary system is composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Any part of your urinary system can become infected, but most infections involve the lower urinary tract—the bladder and the urethra.
Women are at greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection than men. If the symptoms of a UTI last more than 24 hours, it’s important to visit your physician. Serious consequences can occur if a UTI is left untreated and spreads to your kidneys. Antibiotics are the most common form of treatment for a UTI.
According to National Institutes of Health, women should do the following if they have recurrent UTIs:
- Drink plenty of water. Flush the bacteria from your system with 6 to 8 glasses a day.
- Drink cranberry juice and take Vitamin C. Both increase the acid in your urine so bacteria can’t grow easily. Cranberry juice also makes your bladder wall slippery, so bacteria can’t stick to it.
- Urinate frequently and go when you first feel the urge. Bacteria can grow when urine stays in the bladder too long.
- After using the toilet, always wipe from front to back, especially after a bowel movement.
Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes so that air can keep the area dry. Avoid tight-fitting jeans and nylon underwear, which trap moisture and can help bacteria grow.
If you find that you suffer frequent urinary tract infections, you may benefit from an evaluation by a urogynecologist. This specialized physician is someone trained in the field of gynecology, but who has received additional training to address urological problems that can affect women—such as urinary incontinence, frequent bladder infections or overactive bladder, vaginal prolapse and more. Crozer-Keystone offers these services through its Delaware Valley Urogynecology office, staffed by two fellowship-trained physicians: Jose Maceda, M.D. and Laurie Kane, M.D.
Learn more by calling (610) 338-1810 to schedule an appointment at one of their four locations.
Reviewed by Jose Maceda, M.D., CKHS urogynecologist. Dr. Maceda has offices in Springfield, Drexel Hill, Glen Mills and Upland. Call (610) 338-1810 for an appointment.
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