An estimated 50% of all women experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their lives. If you have this infection, take comfort in knowing that UTIs are one of the most common infections that the team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York treats. A simple test and a round of antibiotics are usually all you need to feel better. To book an appointment at their offices in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, call or schedule online, today.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that affects your urinary system, usually the bladder or urethra. Although the urinary tract is designed to keep harmful invaders out, sometimes bacteria sneaks past and causes an infection.
Sexual intercourse, poor bladder emptying, diaphragm use, and exposure to fecal matter allow bacteria to spread through the urinary tract. When bacteria enter the body through the urethra and multiplies, it can lead to infection.
UTIs usually don’t go away on their own, so it’s critical to see your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC for proper testing and antibiotic treatment. Treatment is often simple and effective when you act upon the infection early and proactively.
Left untreated, UTIs can cause complications such as a kidney infection, permanent kidney damage, or sepsis.
If you have a UTI, you might notice some of the following symptoms:
If a UTI spreads to your kidneys, you might notice lower back pain, nausea, and vomiting and acquire a fever. An evaluation from the team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC as soon as you suspect you have a UTI can help avoid further complications.
The team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC can diagnose a UTI with a simple urine test. They send your urine sample to the lab, where they examine the sample for bacteria and blood cells. Urine usually doesn’t contain high levels of harmful bacteria or blood, so the presence of bacteria and blood indicates infection.
Your provider might also recommend you undergo an ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MRI to diagnose a UTI. They may complete cystoscopy using a long thin tube to view the inside of your bladder and urethra.
After determining the type and severity of your UTI, your provider may suggest you take oral antibiotics, receive IV antibiotics for a severe UTI, or use vaginal estrogen therapy if you’re post-menopausal and experience frequent UTIs.
Take all medications as prescribed and finish all doses of antibiotics. Your symptoms should clear up within several days of beginning treatment.
Don’t live with unpleasant or embarrassing symptoms of a UTI when simple treatments are within reach at the office of Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today for relief.