Nearly 10 million doctor appointments are made annually for urinary tract infection (UTI) diagnosis and treatment. If you experience UTI symptoms like painful urination or find blood in your urine, you can count on expert diagnosis and treatment from Binod Sinha, MD, FACS, at Urology Care of Central New Jersey in Edison, New Jersey. Dr. Sinha is a board-certified urologist with decades of experience in providing compassionate and effective care for UTIs. Make an appointment today by calling the practice or booking online.
A UTI is an infection in any part of your urinary tract including your urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. UTIs are usually bacterial infections. UTIs are painful and cause symptoms such as:
Anyone can contract a UTI, although women are more likely than men to have UTIs because of their anatomy. Their urethras are shorter than men’s, and the opening is located closer to the anus, which is where much of the bacteria that causes UTIs originates.
UTIs are caused by bacteria that enter your urethra and multiply in your urinary tract. Some of the ways that bacteria can enter your urethra include sexual intercourse, wiping incorrectly after using the bathroom, catheter use, or a urinary procedure. Risk factors for UTIs include being female, using certain types of birth control, and menopause.
At Urology Care of Central New Jersey, Dr. Sinha diagnoses UTIs with a variety of tests. He may request a urine sample to test for bacteria, and for high levels of white and red blood cells, which indicate an infection. He may also take a swab from your genital area and run a culture test to see if bacteria are present.
If you have frequent UTIs, Dr. Sinha may also use imaging tests such as ultrasounds to check for abnormalities in your urinary tract that could increase your risk of infection.
In most cases, Dr. Sinha treats UTIs with a prescription for antibiotics. He also suggests that you drink plenty of water to help flush out your urinary tract. Drinks such as coffee, alcohol, and citrus juices may irritate your bladder and are best avoided when you have a UTI.
You should also avoid feminine hygiene products that can irritate your system, as well as birth control methods such as diaphragms and unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms.
If you think you have a UTI, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sinha by calling Urology Care of Central New Jersey or booking online.