Risk Factors After the flu and common cold, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common medical complaint among women in their reproductive years. UTIs are far more common among women than among men. Most women will develop a UTI at some time in their lives, and many will have recurrences. Specific Risk Factors in Women Structure of the Female Urinary Tract. In general, the higher risk in women is mostly due to the shortness of the female urethra, which is 1.5 inches compared to 8 inches in men. Bacteria from fecal matter at the anal opening can be easily transferred to the opening of the urethra. The female and male urinary tracts are similar except for the length of the urethra. Sexual Behavior. Frequent or recent sexual activity is the most important risk factor for urinary tract infection in young women. Nearly 80% of all urinary tract infections in premenopausal women occur within 24 hours of intercourse. UTIs are very rare in celibate women. However, UTIs are NOT sexually tra...
I am not a doctor or health care professional, but I want to share my personal experience with UTI's in hopes of helping others. This is a “for women” post, as it definitely does not apply to the male segment of our population.
The year before I was diagnosed with RA, I spent a lot of time an my PCP's office. I was battling sinus infections, asthma and recurrent UTI's. The most concerning by far was the repeated urinary tract infections, because the bacteria had become resistant to Cipro.
Approximately every six weeks, I would get a rather frantic call from my PCP's nurse telling me I needed to come to her office immediately for a shot of antibiotic. I had to have a shot every day for three days. The shot was some sort of strong antibiotic that cannot be taken in pill form and can be toxic.
Finally, my PCP became weary of battling my UTI's and sent me to a Urologist. The urologist did a cystoscopic exam of my bladder. You haven't fully lived until yo...
For people with Alzheimer's disease, urinary tract infections (UTIs) can present particular difficulties. Later stage Alzheimer's disease is associated with increased difficulties in communication. Therefore, someone with a UTI, might be experiencing pain and discomfort yet be unable to articulate this. However, sudden changes in behavior, such as aggression , anxiety, violence, may be an indication that something is physically wrong. People with Alzheimer's get sick too, but far too often, their change in behavior is attributed to dementia rather than from a physical cause.
Urinary tract infections are more common in older people, people who are bedridden or who require total nursing care, those who are catheterized, or who use continence aids and in people whose immune system is compromised.
Symptoms of UTI include the following:
Urine looks cloudy or milky. It may look a reddish color in serious cases of urine infection if blood is present.
Urine often smells of...
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