Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria move up the urinary tract to infect the bladder and/or the kidneys. A simple UTI is when bacteria infect the lining of the bladder. When the bacteria moves all the way up to the kidney this is a more serious infection called pyelonephritis. Symptoms of a UTI include:

Urinary frequency

Urinary urgency

Burning with urination

Strong urine odor

Strong urge to void with only small amount actually coming out

When the kidney becomes infected symptoms include fever and back. Pyelonephritis is a more serious infection as this allows easy access of bacteria to your blood stream. Just like some people are more prone to catch a cold than others, some people are more prone to urinary tract infections than others. There are however, multiple risk factors:

Female sex

Post-menopausal

Sexual intercourse

Condoms with spermicides

Abnormal urine drainage – such as a blockage

Diabetes

Constipation

Your Athens Area Urology urologist will perform a thorough evaluation to help treat your urinary tract infection. The mainstay of treatment is antibiotics. We will evaluate your urine to determine which specific bacteria is causing your infection, and tailor our antibiotic selection to best fit you. Beyond treatment of an active infection, we strive to find the root cause of your infection to help prevent future UTI’s.

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