Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be painful and lead to serious complications if left untreated. Eva Galstian, MD, Virali Patel, PA, and the compassionate medical providers of Family Medicine NYC, PC in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City, provide effective in-office testing and treatment methods for urinary tract infections. With the right medical care, urinary tract infections can be successfully treated. Schedule your appointment online or call the office today.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that happens in any part of your urinary system: bladder, urethra, kidneys, or ureters. Most UTIs involve the urethra and bladder.
Some people don’t experience any symptoms of a UTI. If you do experience symptoms, they can include:
You might also have urine that’s discolored or red, indicating blood in your urine.
If the UTI spreads to your kidneys there can be serious complications, such as:
Urethritis, or inflammation of the urethra, might also occur and can lead to a narrowing of the urethra.
Your body has a well-equipped defense system. When your body’s defense system fails, bacteria can enter and settle in your urinary tract, often in the bladder, and multiply.
A bladder infection is usually caused by E. coli, or Escherichia coli, a bacterium found in the gastrointestinal tract.
Sexual intercourse can also cause a urinary tract infection.
In some cases, gastrointestinal bacteria can spread from the anus to the urethra and result in an infection of the urethra.
Certain types of birth control, such as diaphragms, can heighten your risk of developing a UTI.
Also, the decline in estrogen levels that occurs in women after menopause can make the urinary tract more likely to become infected.
Some babies are born with abnormalities in their urinary tract that can cause urine to back up in the urethra and increase the risk of a UTI.
If you have a suppressed immune system, this can weaken your body’s defense against infections.
Family Medicine NYC, PC in New York City has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections and provides convenient and accurate in-office urine testing. If you’re experiencing symptoms, visit the team, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.