URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Treatment in Jumeirah, Dubai

The urinary tract is made up of kidney, ureters, bladder and the urethra. Infections of any of the structure is referred to as urinary tract infection. Women are at higher risk of developing a UTI due to their shorter urethra as compared to men. A UTI affecting the bladder is painful and when it gets to the kidney it causes serious infections.

You may be no more likely to get a urinary tract infection (UTI) when you’re pregnant than when you’re not pregnant. But you are more likely to have complications from a UTI. Shifts in hormones and the position of your urinary tract may make it easier for bacteria to travel to your kidneys and cause urinary tract infection.

Signs and Symptoms

A person suffering from urinary tract infection shows the following signs and symptoms:

  • Persistent urge to urinate
  • Burning sensation in urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Small urine passing
  • Cloudy urine
  • Cola colored urine
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Pubic and pelvis pain in women

Depending on the location affected by the UTI the signs and symptoms vary. Below is a table showing the different variations:
Acute pyelonephritis (Kidney): Flank pain, elevated temperatures, chills and nausea and vomiting.
Cystitis (Bladder): Bloody urine, pain during urination, frequent urination, discomfort in the lower abdomen.
Urethritis (Urethra): Discharge and burning sensation when urinating.

Book an appointment with a gynecologist if you observe any of the above signs and symptoms to seek an immediate treatment for urinary tract infection.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection

Bacteria gets into the urinary tract and travels up to the organs causing an infection. The system has defense mechanisms which may often fail due to overwhelming number of bacteria in the tract.
Cystitis is the bladder infection. The main causative organism is Escherichia Coli, it is commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sexually active people often get the UTI but even without sexual contact, the distance between the urethra and anus increases the chances of the condition.
Urethritis is an infection of the urethra. Anus and urethra close proximity allows the bacteria to move up to the urethra. During sexual intercourse other bacteria may be moved closer the urinary tract hence ascending to the urethra.

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment

Antibiotics usually are the main line treatment for urinary tract infections. Which medications are prescribed and for how long depend on your health condition and the type of bacteria found in your urine.

What You Can Do

Urinary tract infections can be very painful, but you can take certain steps to ease your discomfort until antibiotics treat the infection.

  • For women, wiping from front to back to ensure bacteria from the anus does not reach the urinary tract
  • Maintaining proper hygiene measures
  • Taking adequate water to wash out bacteria from the tract
  • Urinating when the urge is present, holding urine for a long time allows bacteria to flourish
  • Healthy diet to boost one’s immune system
  • Cranberry juice which research shows it reduces the chances of developing UTI
  • After sexual intercourse urinate to help flush put the bacteria from the urinary tract
  • Avoid douching and using soaps to clean the vaginal area.

 

What We Can Do

The urinary tract infection treatment at our clinic in Dubai includes:

  • Urine sample taken for urinalysis and culture and sensitivity to determine the bacteria involved in the UTI and the antibiotic it is sensitive to
  • Frequent UTI may warrant imaging studies such as MRI and CT scan to determine the root cause of the frequent infections. Contrast dye use helps in making the images clear
  • A cystoscopy can also be done to determine the infection location
  • Antibiotics to treat the infections
  • Analgesics to treat the pain that accompanies UTI
  • Estrogen therapy through the vaginal for women who are not past menopause
  • Severe UTI needs intravenous antibiotic treatment.
  • Health education on ways to reduce UTI and acceptable home remedies.

Looking for the best urinary tract infection treatment in Dubai?
Contact our gynecologist at SHAMMA Clinic, Jumeirah to know more about the treatment options available.

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