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How to find relief from Urinary tract infections (UTI)

By Alexandros Derpapas MD, DM, Consultant Gynaecologist

Published in Parents News, December 2015

Uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common complaint. Survey data from Europe and the United States suggest that 1 in 3 women will have a UTI by the age of 24 and almost 50% in their lifetime. UTI are more common in women who are pregnant, sexually active or postmenopausal.

A UTI develops when part of the urinary tract becomes infected, usually by bacteria. Bacteria can enter the urinary tract through the urethra or, more rarely, through the bloodstream. UTIs are more common in women than in men due to anatomical differences.

What are the symptoms of a UTI:
  • pain or a burning sensation when urinating also called dysuria
  • a need to urinate often
  • pain in the lower abdomen

Complications of a UTI are not common, but can be serious and lead to kidney failure and blood poisoning.

Evidence-based measures to take when you have a UTI:
  • stay hydrated (6-8 glasses of water per day)
  • avoid the use of spermicide contraception
  • empty your bladder before and after sex
  • drink cranberry juice
  • women in their menopause can use oestrogen cream applied vaginally

Consult your GP or gynaecologist if:
  • the symptoms are very uncomfortable
  • the symptoms last more than five days
  • the symptoms suddenly get worse
  • you develop a high temperature
  • you are pregnant
  • you have diabetes

Our experienced private female GP or consultant gynecologists can provide full counseling on primary and recurrent urinary tract infections and can help with diagnosis, treatment and care.

Call for a same-day appointment in a comfortable setting close to Richmond Station.
Tel: 020 8940 5009 or email us at mail@richmondpractice.co.uk




 

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