Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of infects the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The infection is curable but can become serious if the infection spreads to the kidneys. Through the kidneys, the infection can mix with the bloodstream to affect the organs. A research paper published in 2018 shows that UTI affects women more than men. The reason is their urethra is shorter and closer to the vagina. In the article, we will discuss the treatment of UTI and which doctors treat patients suffering from the infection.
How is UTI treated?
Generally, antibiotics can treat urinary tract infections. The doctors decide the duration of antibiotics depending on the severity of the infection and the body’s ability to fight the infection.
Antibiotics that work against UTI are trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, fosfomycin, nitrofurantoin, cephalexin, and ceftriaxone. Fluoroquinolones help when UTI has spread in a larger area.
Besides this, following a healthy lifestyle can reduce the chance for microbes to settle and grow inside the urinary tract to spread UTI. Eating a healthy diet, drinking water regularly, and not holding urine in the bladder for long hours can reduce the risk of UTI.
Can UTI happen again after taking a complete treatment?
Yes. UTI can happen again. The incidence of UTI happens again when the infection occurs again in the body by the same pathogen. An article published on the Harvard Health website informs that some women are just prone to UTIs. The Escherichia coli bacteria spreads faster in pre-menopausal women because of sexual intercourse and the use of spermicides. But in post-menopausal women, physical changes make women prone to UTI.
Which doctor treats UTI?
Doctors belonging to the children’s department, infectious diseases, paediatric and adolescent medicine, and urology treat urinary tract infections (UTI). Doctors specialising in urology, kidney disease, obstetrics and gynaecology, and infectious disease cater to the cases of UTI for all age groups.
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