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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Specialist

A UTI can cause pain, burning, and many other difficult symptoms for women. The OB/GYN team at Mid-Kansas Women's Center PA in Wichita, KS can help women resolve UTI quickly and efficiently.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Q & A

What is a UTI?

A Urinary Tract Infection, better known as a UTI, is an infection of the urinary tract. This type of infection occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract and begins to multiply. It will soon cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Who is Most Likely to Have UTIs?

Women are much more likely to have Urinary Tract Infections than men. This may be the case because the female urethra is so much shorter than the male urethra, which allows for an easier entry point for bacteria to travel to the bladder. Sexually active people have a higher risk of developing UTIs than people who are celibate. People who have diabetes or other diseases that depress the immune system are at higher risk for UTIs. Women who use diaphragms for birth control may have an increased risk of UTI.

What are the Symptoms of UTI?

More frequent urination, feeling the urgent need to urinate more often, odorous urine, blood in the urine, a burning feeling during urination, and pain in the lower back area are some of the most common complaints from people suffering from UTI. Most people have more than one of these signs at a time.

What is the Treatment for a UTI?

Urinary tract infections are most often treated with medication, typically antibiotics. Some antibiotics commonly used in UTI treatment include Bactrim, Cipro, Levaquin, Septra, and Keflex. While the antibiotics usually take effect and provide relief within just a few days, patients may find that some simple changes can help relieve symptoms until that time. These changes include eliminating caffeinated drinks, drinking as much water as possible, and using a heating pad to relieve abdominal or back pain. People who have chronic severe UTIs may need a customized treatment, for example, long-term low-dose antibiotics.