Although urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common — affecting 40% of women and 12% of men at least once during their lifetime — they can have potentially severe and even life-threatening consequences. If you’re experiencing pain or burning while urinating, persistent urges, or other pain or pressure in your pelvic area, call a specialist at East Valley Urology Center (EVU) in Mesa, Arizona, right away for diagnosis and treatment. You can also book an appointment online.
A UTI is a bacterial infection that could affect any part of your urinary system, including your bladder, ureters, urethra, and even your kidneys.
Urinary tract infections are most common in women, due to their shorter urethra, but can affect men, too. Older men are more likely to be hospitalized for a UTI, for instance.
Simple, or uncomplicated, UTIs occur in normal, healthy urinary tracts. Complicated UTIs occur in abnormal urinary tracts or are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Infections that move from the kidneys into the bloodstream are potentially life-threatening, which is why you must treat UTIs promptly.
Some UTIs are asymptomatic. Symptoms of a UTI can also vary depending on where it is located. If you experience the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical care from your specialist at EVU:
Some men and women are more prone to UTIs than others, sometimes as a result of genetics, a compromised immune system, or anatomical abnormalities. Other factors that may increase your risk for a UTI include:
Drs. Mehan and Wadhwa at EVU treats simple UTIs with a short course of antibiotics. Some infections may require a longer course of treatment or additional therapies.
You may be able to minimize your risk for a UTI by adopting the following habits:
Women may also:
If you have one or more symptoms of a UTI, don’t delay. Contact your specialist at EVU by phone or with the online booking form.