Between 50-60% of women develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) during the course of their lives. To put a quick end to the pain and discomfort that often accompanies a UTI, board-certified urogynecologist Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS, at GYN Specialists of Reno offers effective prompt diagnosis and treatment of the problem. For expert help with your UTI, call the office in Reno, Nevada, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when harmful bacteria travel up your urethra to your bladder. UTIs are very common — up to 60% of women and 12% of men experience a UTI during their lifetime.
The reason why women are more prone to the infection is twofold: 1) The short distance between the anus and urethra opening, which encourages cross-contamination; and 2) the relatively short urethra in women, which means bacteria can get to their bladders more easily.
In most cases, the infection stays within the lower urinary tract in your urethra and bladder, but it can travel up to your kidneys, which has more serious implications.
The symptoms of a developing UTI are hard to ignore and often come on quickly. They include:
Again, these symptoms often crop up suddenly, and they can progress rapidly, leaving you in moderate-to-severe discomfort.
After reviewing your symptoms, Dr. Crawford obtains a sample of urine from you, which he tests for the presence of infectious bacteria. If he confirms a UTI, he prescribes an antibiotic to clear up the infection. The antibiotics should start to work within a day or two, but you should take the entire course of the prescription to make sure the infection is fully eradicated.
You can do your part by drinking plenty of fluids to help flush the infection, too.
There are many effective ways you can prevent a UTI in the first place, including:
If you’d like more information about UTI treatments, and how to prevent a UTI from the beginning, please call GYN Specialists of Reno or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.