Infections of the urinary tract can be painful and make it difficult to control your bladder. Over 50% of women will experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime. At Skyline Urology, Royal S. Park, MD, and Alec S. Koo, MD, provide effective treatment for urinary tract infections. To speak with a doctor about your symptoms, call the office in Torrance, California, or book an appointment online.
A UTI is an infection of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, bladder, and urethra. UTIs occur when bacteria make its way to the urinary tract. Most infections enter through the urethra and settle in the bladder.
Women are at a higher risk for UTIs because of the location and size of the urethral opening. There are three types of UTIs cystitis (infection of the bladder), urethritis (infection of the urethra), and acute pyelonephritis (infection of the kidneys).
The intensity of your symptoms can vary depending on the severity of your infection. It’s also possible to not exhibit any symptoms at all.
There are several tests that can be used to accurately diagnose urinary tract infections. Your Skyline Urology doctor may perform:
The first step in diagnosing a UTI is usually a urine test. Your doctor uses a sample of your urine to check for bacteria and signs of infection.
To perform this test your doctor sends your urine off to a lab, where it is cultured to identify the specific bacteria causing your infection. This helps your doctor determine the best method for treatment.
A CT scan or MRI is used to develop images of your urinary tract. This is commonly used to spot abnormalities in patients who experience frequent UTIs.
To perform this test, your doctor inserts a tiny camera into your urethra to take a look at your urinary tract.
Most UTIs are successfully treated with antibiotics. Simple infections typically clear up within a few days of treatment.
If you experience frequent UTIs, your doctor can use a number of treatment methods to keep your infections under control including low-dose antibiotics. Severe infections require intravenous antibiotics and may even call for a hospital visit.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a UTI, book an appointment at Skyline Urology by phone or online today.