Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the second most common infection in America and the most common in older adults. More than 150 million people worldwide are affected by UTIs every year. If properly treated, urinary tract infections are rarely considered dangerous, but they are always an inconvenience. A number of factors can signal you have a UTI, such as a constant urge to urinate, cloudy urine, consistent abdominal pain and a burning sensation when passing urine.
Urinary tract infections are painful and irritating, affecting approximately 50-60%% of women at some point in their lifetime. A UTI can easily ruin your week, but if treatment isn’t effective, it can burden you for much longer. Recurrent urinary tract infection is defined as two UTIs within six months or three within a year.
Texas Infectious Disease Institute realizes UTIs can be burdensome, but Dr. Serge Lartchenko has extensive expertise in recurrent urinary tract infections due to multidrug-resistant bacteria. When traditional treatment options fail, Serge Lartchenko, MD, has the knowledge to provide a combination of antibiotics that will treat the most difficult infections. If treating your UTI feels hopeless, Texas Infectious Disease Institute can provide medication assistance to help you.
Who is at risk for a UTI?
There are a number of factors that can increase your likelihood of contracting a urinary tract infection. For example, women are significantly more likely to develop urinary tract infections. This is likely because of anatomy differences, such as a shorter urethra and proximity to bacteria sources like the anus. Menopause is also a common trigger of UTIs, as a decrease in estrogen has been found to create a greater risk of infection in the area.
Catheter use is a major risk factor. Catheters can introduce bacteria into the urethra upon insertion. Additionally, it is not uncommon for people who recently began using catheters to mistake the pain associated with infection as normal pain associated with using catheters. If you experience unusual burning sensations when using catheters, please consult a doctor.
Finally, a smaller group who is at much greater risk is those who have difficulty emptying their bladder. This is most common in those with spinal cord injuries and those with nerve damage around their bladder. At Texas Infectious Disease Institute, we mostly see this in patients with diabetes that has lead to nerve damage. Because diabetes increases the risk and severity of infections, individuals with diabetes need to be acutely aware of their risk for UTI. To find out more about how diabetes affects your infection risks, click here.
How is UTI Treatment at Texas Infectious Disease Institute Different?
The most common treatment for a UTI is a basic set of antibiotics. While this is effective for many people, this advice becomes grating after you’ve had three UTIs in a couple of months. A primary care physician can assist in the treatment of a common UTI, but many North Dallas doctors trust Dr. Lartchenko with their patients suffering from complex recurrent UTIs. In addition to effective options for treatment, Texas Infectious Disease Institute can help you understand UTI prevention methods.
UTIs can be recurrent for a number of reasons. Whether the cause is related to anatomy, lifestyle choices or multiple drug resistant bacteria, Texas Infectious Disease Institute is ready to help you find a solution. Serge Lartchenko, MD, is well versed in the causes and treatment of UTIs.
While any physician can prescribe antibiotic treatments and lifestyle changes, Dr. Serge Lartchenko understands the intricacies of chronic urinary tract infections. His expertise allows him to devise a plan that utilizes short and long-course antibiotic treatment that other doctors may not consider. Dr. Lartchenko’s advanced knowledge of infections helps to improve the outcomes of his patients.
Texas Infectious Disease Institute treats recurrent UTIs with a systematic approach. We use evidence-based medicine, while working to provide a solution that is easy for your lifestyle. The infusion suite at Texas Infectious Disease Institute provides intravenous antibiotics therapy treatment for UTIs, even those caused by a multidrug resistant organisms. Schedule an appointment now.