When it hurts or burns to urinate, you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI), which affects 12% of men and 60% of women at least once during their lifetimes. The expert urologists at Pikes Peak Urology diagnose and treat UTIs in both men and women at their office in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you’re having trouble or pain when urinating, contact the Pikes Peak Urology team by phone or through the online form for a UTI evaluation and treatment.
A UTI occurs when bacteria gets into your urine and travels up the urethra to your bladder, where it causes inflammation, pain, and other symptoms. Normally, urine shouldn’t contain any bacteria.
The symptoms of a UTI are similar to those of other infections. If your doctor looks at your bladder when you have a UTI, it appears red and swollen, just as other organs swell and get inflamed when they’re infected.
Symptoms of a UTI include:
If you have a UTI, see a doctor right away. The bacteria from a UTI can travel up your ureters to your kidneys. A kidney infection may manifest as nausea and vomiting and can cause a life-threatening condition known as sepsis.
Women are most likely to develop UTIs because their urethras are shorter, which means the bacteria have a shorter distance to travel to reach the bladder. The opening to their urethras is also close to both the vagina and anus, which are normally filled with bacteria.
Other risk factors that increase a woman’s chances of developing a UTI include:
Risk factors for both sexes include:
If you suspect you have a UTI, your doctor takes a sample of your urine and looks for the presence of white blood cells, which is a sign of infection. They may also culture your urine to find out which bacteria or other organism (such as yeast) caused your UTI.
If you’re a woman, you probably have a simple UTI that will respond to a three-day course of antibiotics. Postmenopausal women may find that hormone replacement therapy helps prevent these infections. Women with chronic UTIs may respond to MonaLisa Touch® vaginal revitalization, which rebuilds the genitourinary tissues with a series of treatments.
If you’re a man, your UTI is usually considered to be complicated and is treated with a longer course of antibiotics. Anyone with a complicated UTI may need intravenous antibiotics to treat or prevent a kidney infection.
Don’t ignore the symptoms of a UTI. Book an appointment for diagnosis and treatment at Pikes Peak Urology today. Call the office or use the online form.