You might not be aware of all of the concerning and serious complications that can threaten your health when you have a urinary tract infection, such as permanent kidney damage, urethritis, and sepsis. At Hiwet Clinic Primary Care in Houston, Texas, the experienced health professionals provide testing and treatment to protect the health of your urinary system and get rid of problematic urinary tract infections. Walk in, call the office, or schedule via the website today.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect any area of your urinary system including your bladder, urethra, ureters, or kidneys. Most UTIs show up in the bladder and urethra.
You might not have any symptoms of a UTI. If you do, some of the symptoms might include:
You might also notice pink or red urine, which is typically a sign that blood is present in your urine.
Your body has an innate defense system, but when that fails, bacteria can infect your urinary tract, usually your bladder.
A bladder infection is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli) — a bacterium found in the gastrointestinal tract. In some cases, gastrointestinal bacteria travel from the anus to the urethra, leading to a UTI.
Other factors that can contribute to a UTI include:
Some urinary tract abnormalities are present from birth and result in a backup of urine in the urethra and an increased risk of developing a UTI.
Sexual intercourse is a common way to get a UTI. Certain methods of birth control, such as diaphragms, can also heighten the risk.
If you have a suppressed immune system, your body’s defense system is weakened against infections, and you’re more likely to get a UTI.
With women, the hormonal imbalance and decreased estrogen production that often happens after menopause can make the urinary tract more vulnerable to infection.
Without proper treatment, a UTI can lead to complications, such as:
A UTI can also stimulate the secretion of certain chemicals from your immune system that results in widespread inflammation throughout your body.
There are various treatments for UTIs, including medications, such as antibiotics, pain relievers, antivirals, and anti-inflammatories. Common medications for UTIs include fosfomycin and trimethoprim.
Your provider also gives you helpful information on how to strengthen your immune system and improve your general health and wellness.
Visit Hiwet Clinic Primary Care and fight back against urinary tract infections with high-quality support from knowledgeable health professionals. Walk in, call ahead, or book online today.