What to Do About Recurrent UTIs

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by the introduction of bacteria to the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys ureters, bladder, and urethra. UTIs are a common infection with a range of possible causes. In many cases, UTIs are easily treatable. A physician at a community hospital can prescribe antibiotics for bacterial infections. However, some patients suffer from recurrent UTIs. The treatment for recurrent UTIs is covered in the video featured here, which is an interview with a urologist at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

Diagnostic Tests

Individuals who suffer from recurrent UTIs may be referred to a urologist for specialized treatment. The urologist may request a urine test to check for the presence of bacteria. He or she might also take X-rays or perform a cystoscopy to determine if there is an underlying problem that could be causing the UTIs, such as stones or other obstructions in the urinary tract. In addition to these initial tests, some patients may be asked to regularly test their urine with a special dipstick to determine whether bacteria are present.

Antibiotics

According to the urologist featured in this video, patients with recurrent UTIs may be prescribed a long course of antibiotics. Sometimes, it may be appropriate to use antibiotics for preventive purposes . Recurrent UTIs may be treated by either taking antibiotics after sexual intercourse or taking low-dose antibiotics for six months.

Lifestyle Changes

Certain lifestyle modifications may reduce the risk of developing another UTI. These include increasing the intake of water to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract. Some evidence suggests that consuming cranberry juice may be particularly beneficial because it creates an acidic environment in the urinary tract, which may inhibit the growth of bacteria. Additionally, patients may be advised to wear cotton underwear, take a shower instead of a bath, and urinate frequently, especially after sexual intercourse. Women should be careful to wipe from front to back after using the facilities.

Families in the Las Vegas area will find a comprehensive array of healthcare services at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center , including urology services. For a physician referral, you can call (702) 731-8000 to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital. In addition to providing acute care for infections, our hospital offers heart care, stroke care, and emergency care.

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