Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common occurrence for women, as well as older men with underlying medical issues. At Urology Health Center in Fremont, Nebraska, the team of urologists can help relieve the symptoms of UTIs and treat their underlying causes if needed to prevent them from returning. If you suspect you have a UTI, call Urology Health Center or book an appointment online today.
UTIs affect women far more often than men. That’s because women have much shorter urethras, so the bacteria can reach the bladder more easily. However, men, especially men age 50 and older, can get UTIs.
Women are much more likely to contract a UTI after sex, which can introduce bacteria into their urinary tract. Women may also be more likely to develop UTIs due to the use of certain types of birth control, as well as the hormonal changes that occur during menopause.
If a man gets a UTI, it’s because the bacteria that are already in his urinary tract are trapped. Younger men can usually urinate freely and regularly, so they clear the bacteria from their systems before it can cause a UTI.
For older men, conditions such as an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, can make it harder to urinate, increasing the likelihood of UTIs. Sometimes, UTIs are a complication of kidney stones.
Symptoms of a UTI develop suddenly and may include:
Burning sensations while urinating
UTIs can be either “simple” or “complicated.” A simple UTI means your urinary tract is healthy and generally functions normally, but has come into contact with bacteria. A complicated UTI is the result of an underlying medical condition and could spread to the kidneys or upper urinary tract, where it can have serious complications.
Your doctor at Urology Health Center confirms if your symptoms are the results of a UTI using a urine sample.
If you have a UTI, your doctor prescribes a course of antibiotics that lasts five to seven days in total. As with all antibiotics, you should take the full course to eliminate all the bacteria, even after you feel better, which should take two to three days.
Should your UTI be the result of another condition, your doctor determines the underlying cause and creates a preventive treatment plan that takes into account these related health concerns.
If you’re experiencing lower abdominal pain or difficulty urinating, don’t wait to get help. Schedule an appointment at Urology Health Center online or by phone today.