If you experience frequent urination, burning upon urination, or discolored urine, you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI) that can cause complications if left untreated. At Aloha Urology, board-certified urologist Garry Peers, MD, and his team treat UTIs to eliminate unpleasant symptoms and restore your quality of life. Aloha Urology has two locations in Honolulu and another in Lihue, Hawaii. Call your nearest office at the first sign of a UTI.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is the second most common infection in the body. It’s an infection in your urinary tract, which includes your kidneys, ureters, urethra, and bladder. Many UTIs involve the bladder or urethra.
Anybody can get a urinary tract infection, but women have a greater risk than men of developing one.
Urinary tract infections produce various symptoms, depending on how severe the infection is. Symptoms of a UTI include:
If left untreated, UTIs can lead to kidney damage, low birth weight, or premature birth during pregnancy, urethral narrowing, or sepsis, which is a life-threatening condition.
UTIs usually occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and multiply in your bladder. Factors that increase your risk of developing a urinary tract infection include:
Women are about four times more likely than men to develop UTIs.
To diagnose a UTI, your provider reviews your medical history and completes an exam. He may analyze a urine sample, use imaging techniques (CT scans or MRIs), or use a scope to view the inside of your bladder.
Your urologist recommends the best treatment for your unique needs. He may suggest oral antibiotics, vaginal estrogen therapy for menopausal women, or intravenous antibiotics in a hospital setting for severe UTIs.
You can’t always avoid getting a UTI but taking the following steps reduces your risk of developing one:
If you still suspect a UTI despite your best efforts, make an appointment with Aloha Urology by phone or online today.