Monday, September 27, 2010

How to win battle with Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in women?

Many people have asked us to provide information about the most common problem in women - Urinary Tract Infection(UTI). Few commonly used words to indicate this problem is water infection, urine infection or just UTI. The word UTI does not always mean simple water infection as it does not indicate severity or the exact location of infection. In general, lower urinary tract infections are more common and less complicated than upper urinary tract infection.

You must be thinking that why women are prone to get UTI at much higher rate than male counterpart. This is mainly due to the anatomical location of urethra near anus and lack of prostatic secretion which has bacteriostatic properties. Just for your information, UTI is more common in child bearing age and small children are not prone to it. In fact, UTI in small children are usually seen in the setting of anatomical structural problem which obstruct the normal urinary flow and increases the risk of infection.

Lets come to the point; if someone has UTI symptoms, does it always mean water infection? No, in most of the cases patients have enough symptoms to support the diagnosis of UTI and a course of antibiotic will cure it. However, this is not always easy, few people do not recover and come back again to their physician. Then, what is the next step? The best way is to go for a proper evaluation and investigation along with urine culture and sensitivity. This will disclose the exact causative organism and the most effective antibiotics to cure it. At this point, most of the patients are symptom-free.

Now, the question is what to do if they do not recover again? This only happens occasionally where the cause is different than bacteria such as yeast infection. Yes, it is possible to have urinary symptoms due to vaginal yeast infection. Actually, symptoms are overlapping and patients seek medical attention for urine infection only. This is probably one of the possible causes of repeated urinary symptoms in someone who is not responding to antibiotic.

Thus, it is important to remember that if you suffer from repeated vaginal yeast infection and urinary symptoms, taking care of yeast infection may cause significant improvement in your urinary symptoms.

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