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Urinary Tract Infection

Kingwood Kidney Associates

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Humble, TX

There’s no doubt that women are more likely to get a urinary tract infection, but men can also develop the same problem. Whether you have a simple or complicated urinary tract infection, the board-certified Nephrologist, Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, at Kingwood Kidney Associates have the expertise to treat the problem, relieve your symptoms, and prevent complications. If you develop a urinary tract infection, use online booking or call the office in Humble, Texas, to schedule an appointment.

Urinary Tract Infection Q & A

What causes a urinary tract infection? 

A urinary tract infection or UTI develops when bacteria get into your urinary tract. The bacteria may affect your urethra or go higher into the urinary tract to infect your bladder, kidneys, and in men, the prostate gland. 

Urinary tract infections are known by different names, depending on their location: 

  • Urethritis, a urethral infection
  • Cystitis, a bladder infection
  • Pyelonephritis, a kidney infection
  • Prostatitis, a prostate infection

 

Women commonly develop UTIs at any age, while men tend to develop UTIs as they get older. Overall, women have a higher risk because their urethral opening is close to bacteria living around the vagina and rectum. 

What is a complicated urinary tract infection?

A complicated urinary tract infection occurs when the infection is associated with an underlying urinary tract problem or a health condition that makes you susceptible to serious complications from the infection. 

No matter what makes it complicated, this type of infection increases your risk of treatment resistance, the need for longer courses of antibiotics, and recurrent UTIs. 

UTIs in men are always considered complicated. Other possible reasons for a complicated urinary tract infection include:

  • Blockages due to kidney stones, enlarged prostate, polyps, tumors, or structural defect
  • Recurrent UTIs despite adequate treatment
  • Pregnancy
  • Kidney disease
  • Kidney transplant patients
  • Patients with a weak immune system
  • UTI caused by an unusual microorganism such as yeast
  • UTI after insertion of tubes, stents, or catheters

 

You also have a complicated UTI when it develops following surgery, such as a prostatectomy. 

What symptoms develop due to a urinary tract infection?

Mild UTIs may not cause symptoms. When symptoms develop, you experience:

  • Frequent urination
  • Strong need to urinate
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bleeding during urination
  • Passing a small amount of urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Cloudy, dark, or pink urine
  • Lower abdominal pain

 

If the infection reaches your kidneys, you develop nausea, a fever, and pain in your upper back or side. 

How are urinary tract infections treated?

When patients have a complicated UTI, the team at Kingwood Kidney Associates diagnoses and treats the underlying problem. Antibiotics are the primary treatment for simple and complicated UTIs, but a complicated case requires a longer course of antibiotics. 

Kingwood Kidney Associates may send your urine to the lab to determine the exact type of bacteria or organism causing your infection. This allows the team to prescribe a narrow-spectrum antibiotic that specifically targets the microorganism.

To get expert treatment for a urinary tract infection, call Kingwood Kidney Associates, or schedule an appointment online.pro