Kidneys are not the only crucial organs in your excretory system – an infection in any part of your urinary tract can be equally displeasing and harmful. But for any such infection, you can find treatment at Infectious Disease Center, Hyderabad. Our infection expert doctors are adept at treating all kinds of infections.
What Are Urinary Tract Infections?
Technically, an infection in any part of your urinary system, including the kidneys, uterus, bladder, and the urethra is called a urinary tract infection (UTI). But, in common terms, only the infections in the lower part of the system (which is more accessible traditionally), i.e. the bladder and the urethra are referred to as UTI.
What Does Urinary Tract Infection Feel Like?
The initial symptoms of UTI may be silent and unnoticeable. But if you experience the following, visit a doctor as soon as possible:
- Burning feeling when passing urine
- Constant urge to pass urine
- Frequent urination with less amount of urine
- Pungent and dark yellow/brownish urine
- Blood in urine or cloudy urine
- Pain in the lower abdomen (especially in women).
How Is Urinary Tract Infection Treated?
Urinary tract infections can be difficult to treat based on various factors. For instance, the antibiotics used to treat the infection can themselves be harmful to the kidneys. Then again, the treatment needs to be altered for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
Nonetheless, regular treatment involves a course of antibiotic. However, the nature of the medicine depends on the type of infection. If the infection is not very serious, oral antibiotics are given. For a more severe condition, IV antibiotics work better.
Patients who suffer from repetitive UTIs, need a longer course of treatment with some lifestyle adjustments.
How Can You Prevent Urinary Tract Infections?
UTIs are, unfortunately, very common in India, especially among women. But basic sanitary hygiene can prevent such infections. You can carefully follow the following hygiene practices to avoid UTI:
- Wash your genitals with clean water after peeing and pooping.
- Always use clean underwear.
- Wash after performing any sexual activity.
- Avoid using public toilets.
- Dispose or change your sanitary napkin or tampon every 2-3 hours.
- Don’t hold your pee for long
- Drink enough water to ensure that you always have light-yellow pee.
- Citrus foods are good for your urinary tract
Treating Urinary Tract Infections
At Infectious Disease Center, our doctors emphasize that treatments should always be planned to suit the needs of the patient and not the other way round. Hence, if you are suffering from UTI, you can expect to get the best and fastest treatment here.