Why should I see a urogynecologist near me in the Chicago, Park City area for UTI?
Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are a common complaint for women. In some, the problem with urinary tract infection may be ongoing. In any instance, the recommended treatment for bacterial infection in the lining of the bladder wall is antibiotics. If you have a UTI and wonder, “Why should I be treated by a urogynecologist near me?” we have an answer. Dr. Gandhi has treated many women from the Chicago and Park City areas successfully, going beyond the basics to thwart future infection.
When treated early, the common urinary tract infection may respond well to a short course of antibiotics lasting only a few days. There are several medications a doctor may prescribe, such as Amoxicillin or Ciprofloxacin. The type of antibiotic prescribed is based on the type of bacterium present in the urine, and it may also take into account the severity of infection.
How bacteria enter the bladder
Women are especially at risk for UTIs due to the proximity of the vaginal opening to the urethra and to the anus. Though the urinary tract is designed in such a way as to keep bacteria out, it is possible for infection to occur in the urethra, as well as the bladder itself.
Cystitis, or infection in the bladder wall, usually results when E. coli bacteria naturally found in the gastrointestinal tract make their way from the anus to the urethral opening of the bladder. This type of UTI may or may not result from sexual intercourse and is more due to the female anatomy.
Urethritis, in which the urethra becomes infected, also occurs when bacteria from the gastrointestinal tract travel from the anus to the urethra, which lies close to the vaginal opening. Due to the proximity to the vagina, urethritis may also occur because of some type of sexually transmitted infection like chlamydia or herpes.
Typically, symptoms of a urinary tract infection will clear up within a few days when treated with antibiotics. Dr. Gandhi may also prescribe an anesthetic for improved comfort during treatment. When antibiotics are prescribed for the infection, it is important to complete the entire course in order to prevent recurrence.
Partners in Pelvic Health at North Shore Urogynecology can help you handle urinary tract infection whether it is your first or your problem is recurring. Call us in Park City, Woodstock, or Lake Forest IL today.