Completing menopause can trigger regular urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are an infection in any part of the urinary system (including the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). Most of these infections involve the lower urinary tract, which is made up of the bladder and the urethra. These infections can be painful if it only affects the bladder. However, a UTI that spread to the kidneys can have serious consequences.
However, a new study suggests that a specific type of hormone replacement may be useful in fighting UTIs. The study out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that taking vaginal estrogen can serve as a preventive measure in stopping urinary tract infections among postmenopausal women.
In this study, researchers used animal models to identify ways that estrogen could stop recurring tract infections. Additionally, they used cells taken from postmenopausal women who had taken supplementary vaginal estrogen over a two-week period. Th...
One of the biggest issues I deal with in the summer time is an increase in odor.
In addition to both stress and urge incontinence, I also am prone to bladder infections. My body is so used to this that I rarely have the typical symptom for most people, which is a burning sensation upon voiding. Usually my first indication of a UTI (urinary tract infection) is consistently cloudy urine and odor from the bacteria.
When this combines with the normal odor from incontinence, it can make for a rather odiferous combination!
I am scheduled for Botox injections for my urge incontinence but that is not going to happen for some time. The Botox from my last round has finally worn off and my urge incontinence is "back to normal," so to speak. Having a bladder infection can exacerbate UI, although it doesn't necessarily cause it.
When this occurs, I have had to become more vigilant to avoid the embarrassment of smelling to my family and coworkers. Some of the things I do...
Hi, I am asked many times by my patients if one can develop allergies later in life. Yes, it is true, that allergies tend to affect most people beginning in childhood, but it is not uncommon for people to develop allergies later in life. There are several instances where people can develop allergic symptoms later in life. The first instance is that like asthma, allergies, can develop early in life and then go through a stage where there are no symptoms and then later return. Why the allergies or asthma go into this inactive phase is not really known.
Another reason why patients can develop allergies later in life is that they were not exposed to the item producing the allergy symptoms, and then they become exposed later in life. A great example of this is when people move, especially from one country to another and are exposed to new types of plants, trees, grasses or even indoor allergens like dust mites. It usually takes a few years ...
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