UTI Specialist Brisbane Northside
One of the frequently consulted problems of the excretory system in Brisbane is the urinary tract infection (UTI). Urinary tract infection is a condition when the urinary system acquires bacteria multiply in the anywhere along the kidneys, ureter, bladder, and prostate (in men). While the germs live on the skin and can be passed on from one person to another, there are instances where they get into the urethra. More often, the body has a way to excrete them out of the system. However, when they increase in number, they can develop into an infection.
One in two females and one in twenty men have been consulting a general practitioner at one point in their lives due to UTI. Frequent occurrence among women is due to anatomy. Women have a shorter urethra, hence, making it easier for the bacteria to go to the bladder. Children can also be afflicted by this illness and at times experience recurring UTI. It is best to understand the causes of UTI and consult a specialist rather than treating the symptoms because of potential damage to the kidney and bladder.
What are the Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection?
The symptoms of UTI may vary among people and age groups. Most common symptoms are as follows:
- Burning sensation when excreting urine
- Frequent urination but with few drops
- Cloudy, bloody, or smelly urine
- Pain on the lower part of the body, usually near the hips
- Wetting (for children)
- Feeding problems (for babies)
What Causes Urinary Tract Infection?
Oftentimes, sexual intercourse can trigger UTI. Instances of recurring UTIs may be brought about by an underlying condition such as:
- Oestrogen deficiency (for women who are going through menopause)
- Narrowing of urethra
- Kidney or bladder stones
To test occurrence of UTI, a urinalysis will be requested to check on the levels of bacteria in the urine. In some cases, cystoscopy or ultrasound scan may be requested to rule out other conditions.
How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infection?
Several factors can contribute to having a UTI. Here are some conservative measures that can be taken on to prevent the occurrence of UTI.
- Avoid holding urine excretion for a long period of time.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of liquid daily.
- Observe good hygiene.
- Avoid scented feminine hygiene products.
- Empty bladder after sexual intercourse.
- Wipe genitals (especially for women) from front to back.
What Treatments are Available for Urinary Tract Infection?
The type of treatment and duration may depend on the assessment on the UTI. Below are some of the recommended measures:
- Oestrogen (for women in their menopausal age)
- Antibiotics (to reduce levels of bacteria)
- Bladder washes (to replenish the glycosaminoglycan or GAG layer)
- Probiotic intake
- Correcting voiding habits
On rare occasions, surgery might be needed if UTI is caused by anatomical abnormalities.
At Ubuntu Medical, we also do women’s health