Urinary tract infections – commonly referred to as UTIs – are the second most common infection in the United States, accounting for 8 million visits to the doctor each year. It’s estimated that 8 in 25 women and 3 in 25 men will have symptoms of a UTI at some point in their lives.
UTIs happen when there’s an infection in the organs of your urinary tract, including your bladder, kidneys, and urethra. These infections can be minor and treated easily; however, if it spreads to your kidneys, it can become serious and lead to hospitalization.
Chronic, or recurrent, UTIs are infections that either keep coming back or don’t respond well to treatment. They are diagnosed when you have two UTIs in six months or three in a one year span. At Texas Infectious Disease Institute, Serge Lartchenko, MD, and the rest of our team treat a variety of infections, including chronic UTIs.
We take a closer look at what causes UTIs and how we treat them.
UTIs are typically caused by bacteria entering the urethra; however, they can also be caused by fungi or even viruses. There are many factors that can put you at high risk of developing UTIs, and those factors include:
Using certain types of birth control and spermicides can also increase your risk of UTIs.
Symptoms of UTIs include:
You may also constantly feel the need to urinate even after you’ve emptied your bladder.
UTIs are treated with antibiotics along with drinking plenty of fluids and practicing good hygiene. If you deal with numerous recurring UTIs, our team can prescribe a combination of antibiotics that can treat even the most stubborn of infections.
To prevent further UTIs down the road, it’s important to do the following:
Additionally, always remember to wipe front to back after urinating. Doing all of these things can help reduce your risk of further UTIs.
If you struggle with chronic UTIs, come see our team at Texas Infectious Disease Institute located in Richardson, Texas, for medical help. To schedule an appointment with us, call our office at 469-960-4413 or use our online booking tool today.