Why do women get more urinary tract infections than men?
Women's urethras are shorter, which makes it easier for bacteria to make it's way into the body and cause infections. Women's urethras are also located closer to their rectums which makes it easier for bacteria to travel to the urethra and gain entry into the body.
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I don't think it's more likely, but it's just as possible pregnant or not pregnant.
Typical medical treatment for a UTI is the medication Bactrim (asulfa drug) or Cipro, an antibiotic. The treatment is usually for10 days, but if the infection is severe the doctor may prescribe 14days of treatment. diuretic and anti-inflammatory pill can alsohelp. It is very important to take ALL of… the med prescribed byyour doctor, even after you begin to feel better. Urinary tract infections are more common in women and are usuallycaused by bacteria such as E.coli. Untreated urinary tractinfections can cause complications such as cystitis orpyelonephritis. UTI's are usually treated by a 3-7 day commonantibiotics such as Bactrim DS, ciprofloxacin, nitrofuratoin. Thesemedications will require a physicians prescription. Your physicianmay also add another medication called pyridium for the first 2-3days. (MORE)
First you must drink lots of water. Having lots of water running through your system will filter out bacteria occupied water. Try to have a glass of water every 20 minutes. A major help to the recovery one is the consumption of cranberry juice. Try not to get sweetened cranberry juice or any kind of… sweet thing because things too sweet can hurt your kidney and a urinary track infection can easily lead to a kidney infection which is much worst. And most of all, be sure that you go the bathroom very often. If you still drink lots of water but don't go to the bathroom just as often, all as that will do is make to infection worst, worse to a point that you can become deathly ill. BE SURE THAT YOU USE THE BATHROOM VERY OFTEN! I know that it will hurt when you use it but it will make you better and will pay off in the long run. Besides, it will hurt less every time. (MORE)
Urinary tract infection A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary tract. An infection anywhere from the kidneys to the ureters to the bladder to the urethra qualifies as a urinary tract infection. Symptoms & Signs * Urethritis: discomfort or pain at the urethral meatus or a… burning sensation throughout the urethra with micturition (dysuria). * Cystitis: pain in the midline suprapubic region and/or frequent urination * Hematuria (bloody urine) * Cloudy and foul-smelling urine * High temperature lasting for more than 3 days should be a trigger to get the urine culture done to ascertain whether the fever is due to UTI or not. UTI is very harmful especially in infants since it can cause permanent renal damage. * Nausea and vomiting, accompanied by high fever may indicate a more complicated UTI in which the kidney is infected * Some urinary tract infections are asymptomatic. * Increased confusion and associated falls are common presentations to Emergency Departments for elderly patients with UTI. Diagnosis A patient with dysuria (painful voiding) and urinary frequency generally has a spot mid-stream urine sample sent for urinalysis, specifically the presence of nitrites, leukocytes or leukocyte esterase. If there is a high bacterial load without the presence of leukocytes, it is most likely due to contamination. Pyelonephritis is ruled out by checking for costovertebral angle tenderness (CVAT). The diagnosis of UTI is confirmed by a urine culture. If the urine culture is negative: * symptoms of urethritis may point at Chlamydia trachomatis or Neisseria gonorrheae infection. * symptoms of cystitis, may point at interstitial cystitis. * in men, prostatitis may present with dysuria. In severe infection, characterised by fever, rigors or flank pain, urea and creatinine measurements may be performed to assess whether renal function has been affected. Causative agents Common organisms that cause UTIs include: Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus saprophyticus. Less common organisms include Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Enterococcus spp. A mnemonic that can be used to remember the bacteria that cause UTIs is SEEK PP (Staph saprophyticus, E. coli, Enterococcus, Klebsiella, Proteus, Pseudomonas). Prevention The following are a list of things that can be done to avoid a urinary tract infection. As many people, especially women, experience recurrent infections some commonly recommended preventative measures are: * Having adequate fluid intake, especially water. * Not resisting the urge to urinate. * Taking showers, not baths, or urinating soon after taking a bath. * Practising good hygiene, including wiping from the front to the back to avoid contamination of the urinary tract by faecal pathogens. * Cleaning the urethral meatus (the opening of the urethra) after intercourse has been shown to be of some benefit; however, whether this is done with an antiseptic or a placebo ointment (an ointment containing no active ingredient) does not appear to matter. * Cleaning genital areas prior to and after sexual intercourse. * For sexually active women, and to a lesser extent men, urinating within 15 minutes of sexual intercourse to allow the flow of urine to expel the bacteria before specialized extensions anchor the bacteria to the walls of the urethra. * It has been advocated that cranberry juice can decrease the incidence of UTI. A specific type of tannin found only in cranberries and blueberries prevents the adherence of certain pathogens (eg. E. coli) to the epithelium of the urinary bladder. Epidemiology UTIs are most common in sexually active women, and increase in diabetics and people with sickle-cell disease or anatomical malformations of the urinary tract. The use of urinary catheters in both men and women who are elderly, people experiencing nervous system disorders and people who are convalescing or unconscious for long periods of time may result in an increased risk of urinary tract infection for a variety of reasons. Scrupulous aseptic technique may decrease this risk. Women are more prone to UTIs than males because in females, the urethra is much shorter and closer to the anus than in males. The article on vulvovaginal health has some health tips for preventing UTIs. A common cause of UTI is an increase in sexual activity, such as vigorous sexual intercourse with a new partner. The term "honeymoon cystitis", although somewhat demeaning, has been applied to this phenomenon. Treatment Most uncomplicated UTIs can be treated with oral antibiotics such as trimethoprim, cephalosporins, Macrodantin, or a fluoroquinolone (e.g. ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin). (Whilst co-trimoxazole was previously used (and continues to be used in the U.S.), the additional benefits of the sulphonamide gave little additional benefit compared to the trimethoprim component alone, but was responsible for its both high incidence of mild allergic reactions and rare but serious complications). If the patient has symptoms consistent with pyelonephritis, intravenous antibiotics may be indicated. Recurrent UTIs Patients with recurrent UTIs may need further investigation. This may include ultrasound scans of the kidneys and bladder or intravenous urography (X-rays of the urological system following intravenous injection of iodinated contrast material). Often long courses of low dose antibiotics are taken at night to help prevent otherwise unexplained cases of recurring cystitis. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in both treating urinary tract infections, (sometimes along with Chinese herbs with antibiotic compounds) as well as preventing new infections in chronic cases . A study published in October 2002 in the American Journal of Public Health showed that urinary tract infection occurrence was reduced by 50% for 6 months . Acupuncture appears to reduce the total amount of residual urine in the bladder. If there is no response to treatments, Interstitial cystitis may be a possibility. (MORE)
A urinary tract infection is a viral or bacterial infection of theparts of the urinary system. The organs affected may include theurethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. Symptoms can includingburning with urination. It can cause back pain and pelvic pain, andsometimes cause you to bleed.
you get it from lack of water and a bacteria infection growinginside your bladder or uretha, and this condition and be easilycured by some antibiotics or diuretic and anti-inflammatory pill.And you should avoid spicy food...
Urinary tract infections is commonly caused by bacteria that enterthe urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in thebladder. The infection can be treated with Chinese herbal medicinenamed diuretic and anti-inflammatory pill safely and effectively.
Urinary tract infection can cause many symptoms, include frequentand urgent urination, burning sensation or pain when urinating,pelvic pain, painful intercourse, lower abdominal pain, and afeeling of incomplete emptying the bladder. Once noticed some ofthe symptoms, it's important to go to a doctor …immediately. Theinfection is usually treated with antibiotics or herbal medicinecalled Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill. (MORE)
The urinary tract (UTI) is the path that urine (Pee) travels from the bladder, through the urethra to the exit of the body at the Vagina or Penis. The lining of the urethra becomes infected, swollen & painful & the urine smells strong & is often discolored. . An increase in temperature often follow…s any infection & a strong burning sensation usually happens with passing urine. . UTI's can also be symptoms of Sexually Transmitted diseases (STD's) so they should not be taken lightly. . There are a few home remedies, and Over the counter remedies that ease the pain but antibiotics will clear it up pretty fast, it is a good idea to see a Dr to make sure it is nothing more and get the antibiotics. When an infection reaches your bladder or kidneys, this is termed urinary track infection. These infections often originate from your stool, which carries bacteria that lives in your large intestine, and enters the urinary track through your urethra (the whole where the pee comes out). Bladder infections are the most common. (MORE)
The two main forms of UTI's are Prostitis and Cystitis Cystitis - Occurs in females - bacteria enters urethra and reaches the bladder - causing burning sensation Prostitis - occurs in males - bacteria reaches the prostate gland causing swelling, infection may spread downwards towards the …testes causing pain and swelling. OR An infection may occur in the kidney due to blocked urine flow (MORE)
Urinary tract infection can be cured by herbal medicine calleddiuretic and anti-inflammatory pill. It's natural without any sideeffects.
frequently need or not , cloudy urination, fever in sometimes, abdominal pain,loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting , blood in urine, thick urine and an unusually strong odor. Difficulty in standing, because of the frequent urge to urinate.
UTI's are caused by a number of reasons sometimes dehydration causing heavy crystalline urine, e. coli bacteria that is spread from the anal region to the vagina or urethra, unclean products used to wipe or the lack of wiping all can cause discomfort. Sometimes the symptoms of a UTI are similar to c…ertain STD's so it is wise to see a doctor to check it out. If the infection feels minor as in just a slight tingling try drinking pure unsweetened cranberry juice. The acids in the juice help to balance out the acids in the urine and often will obliterate the problem. However you may see slight traces of blood in the urine and have intestinal cramping. This warrants a doctor's visit. Do not try to cure it with overthe counter UTI pain relievers and do not wait too long before dealing with this problem. UTI's can be contagious if they are e. coli based since you are possibly carrying traces of this bacteria on the penis or inside the vagina. You need to take antibiotics or drink as much cranberry as needed until you feel normal again. If the problem is e.coli a few days of cranberry will not get rid of it, som you will know when to seek help. Whether you are contagious or not, absolutely refrain from sexual activity as this can irritate the problem further and lead to more discomfort. Sometimes it is possible to have crystalline deposits in the urethra or vagina and so intercourse can really aggravate the problem until you completely flush out your sytem with lots of good fluids, avoiding caffiene, citrus juices and alcohol. (MORE)
It is less likely but absolutely possible, and the same bacteria that infect the urinary tract, or yeast, can also infect the anal region. Two men should always wear condoms when having sex, and if you know that you have something, you should avoid sex until you are cured.
Do you have pain in the lower back around the kidney area? If so, then it's a good chance it is a kidney infection. With a bladder infection, the pain is more in the lower abdominal area, and you usually have to urinate more frequently, it's often painful to go, and can hurt while urinating. The pai…n with a kidney infection tends to be more severe than the pain with a bladder infection. But no matter which one it is, antibiotics are required to treat it. (MORE)
Much to our surprise, my mother in-law experienced this very thing. She was exhibiting increasing confusion, depression and erratic behavior for about a month. It culminated in her beating the windshield of my car with a shovel one morning, and she said that she didn't know why. We of course took he…r to a crisis center and then to the ER. They did find that she was low in potassium and of all things had a urinary tract infection. The doctor in the ER told us that elderly people especially seem to have a dementia type response to UTIs. I had never heard of this before. The interesting thing is that my co-worker's grandmother experienced a similar state caused by UTIs including walking away from her adult family care home with a picture frame with her family's picture. She told the neighbor who helped her that she was "going to find her family". Another time, she thought she "needed to go home because her parents were going to miss her" - she was in her 90s, and she was surprised to realize that her parents would have to be 120 years old if they were still alive. I have searched and searched for information about this syndrome, and find only brief mentions in articles. I think that more people need to be aware of this. (MORE)
With antibiotics; you should consult your physician if you think you have a urinary tract infection, or UTI. Women are more prone to UTIs, for reasons that ought to be obvious. A minor preventative for some UTIs would be foods that increase urinary acidity, which would make the bladder less recept…ive to bacteria. Cranberry juice is often recommended for this purpose. If you don't like the taste of cranberry juice, there are juice blends such as cranberry-apple which taste better and which are just as effective. Caution: self-prescribing cranberry juice WILL NOT CURE a UTI. At best, it would reduce the likelihood of getting one, or reduce the severity. (MORE)
Yes, a Sulfa drug is an antibiotic and responds best to UTI'S. It is not available over the counter (OTC) and can be quite expensive. If you do not have medical insurance let me know and I will give you some advice so that you may overcome this painful illness using a natural approach.
The cause of urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria gets intothe urine from the urethra and travels into the bladder. If leftuntreated it can also travel to the kidneys.
No. Whether a woman's sexual parters are circumcised or uncircumcised has no effect on how often she might get urinary tract infections.
Because they have a short urethra, which is physically close to the anus, and which is prone to trauma during sexual intercourse.
Yes males can receive UTI's, they are known as Protsitis. Bacteria reaches the prostate gland causing swelling, infection mayspread downwards towards the testes causing pain and swelling. ORwhen and infection occurs in the kidney due to blocked urine flow.But this can be easily cured by some antibio…tics or diuretic andanti-inflammatory pill. And you should obey the diet principle andavoid spicy food... (MORE)
No, Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are not contagious and it is rare that males get UTI's but on the other hand of course it is possible. I know it is somewhat unorthodoxed for one to wash their hands before using the restroom however, if you think about it the fingers are 10 dirtiest things on the …body and the main cause of bacteria entering the body. Another reason could be holding urine in too long such as having a busy job which prevents one from going when the urge is there. If one has had a catheter recently secondary to surgery or a recent hospitalization which required cauterization could be the culprit as well. If one thinks about it, it is not that hard to get bacteria in that area; one can even get one by going for a swim. Please do not assume or self diagnose and always f/u with a doctor, because it could be something more serious. Take care, Jupiter's Dawn (MORE)
you can transmit the bacteria but not the actual infection since it is your body basically. If your partners body fights off the bacteria better than yours than they will not get it.
Though urinary tract infection is more often in women than in men,men can also get this infection. Once noticed the signs or symptomsof uti, one should go to see a doctor asap. The infection can betreated with antibiotics or herbal medicine called diuretic andanti-inflammatory pill.
The best thing to do is drink alot of water and REAL cranberryjuice. Go to a store like wholefoods and in the juice section thereis natural juices that are not from concentrate and contain nowater. They are expensive, but very worth it. Taking antibiots ordiuretic and anti-inflammatory pill will cle…ar it up to, howeverthey lead to anti-biotic resistant UTI's which is what happened tome. After having recurrent UTI's for years, I am finally UTI freefor 6 months because of natural cranberry juice and water. (MORE)
Yes males can receive UTI's, they are known as Protsitis. Bacteria reaches the prostate gland causing swelling, infection may spread downwards towards the testes causing pain and swelling.. OR. when and infection occurs in the kidney due to blocked urine flow.
The answer to this question is because the urethra ( urine canal ) is shorter in a female than a male thus making females more prone to getting urinary track infections. Javen W.
If left untreated or if the treatment is delayed, it can spread toyour kidneys and threaten your life. A timely and appropriatetreatment is needed if diagnosed with a urinary track infection.Herbal medicine called diuretic and anti-inflammatory pill iseffective in treating this disease. The herbal f…ormula has no sideeffects. (MORE)
Yes a urinary tract infection is a flammatory bacteria in your bladder area and has nothing to do with getting a tattoo. make sure they sterilize their equitment/needle. I would probably stay away from getting a tattoo near the kidney and bladder though why would you want to get a tattoo while in t…he middle of a uti, though? would be uncomfortable (MORE)
Yes. Typically, they have urine dribbling, unusual accidents in the house, or constant asking to go outside (maybe once per hour or more) and may be accompanied by a fever (shivering and panting at the same time are signs of a high fever if you do not have a thermometer).
No, not usually. Even if a woman with a UTI has intercourse, it's not likely a man will get a UTI. However, if you want to be 100% safe, use a condom. There IS risk that intercourse will make the woman's UTI symptoms much worse, and can re-infect a woman whose UTI is just clearing up. This is be…cause the urinary opening is so close to the vaginal opening -- it's right above the outside of the vagina. Intercourse or even being fingered can irritate the urinary opening AND introduce more bacteria into the urinary opening. So sex during UTI is NOT a good idea. As well, women with UTIs rarely want to have sex because (1) intercourse puts pressure on the bladder (2) penetration can cause a jarring type of pain in the lower belly and (3) most women with UTI feel like they have to urinate frequently and sexual intercourse will make the urgency and frequency much worse, especially after sex (that day or even for several days). (MORE)
No urinary tract infections are not contagious and men that are intact are less likely to have UTI then circumcised men. The claim that baby's that were not circumcised tended to get more UTI's was made in the 1950s in a military hospital where the foreskin of baby's was retracted riping the glans a…nd causing infections, this chestnut has been around for a long time and it is false. (MORE)
Urinary tract infections are more common in females because the female urinary tract is much closer to the outer layers of the skin than would be in a male. The UTI is close to the vagina and rectum making it more susceptible to infection caused by waste excreted from the body. Student Nurse
1. Bacterial infection. 2.Fungal infection. 3.viral infections 4. unhygenic use in unclean liquids/water are the main causes. There are many causes 1. fungal infection, which can be contracted by having sex with a women of who has fungal infection. 2. Bacterial infection caused by bad hygeine. 3. …Viral infections 4. Chemicals/allergic conditions. Not urinating right after sex can cause urinary tract infections in woman. Answer Bacteria (MORE)
Because their urethra is shorter (tube from bladder out of body) so it is easier for an infection to enter through it into the bladder.
Bubble bath can cause urinary track infections in girls and boys, and even adults, but more girls get the infection. Many are hospitalized each year. If you read the small print on your bubble bath, it will probably mention that their bubble bath could cause urinary track infections. If you or your …children want a bubble bath, use a half cup of Dreft Laundry Detergent in the bath, it is pure and safe. Another fun bath time idea is a dash of food coloring in the water. It changes the color of the water, but does not change your skin color, but remember, a dash, not the whole bottle. (MORE)
Sure it can if it progresses to pyelonephritis (kidney infections).Remember that urinary tract is directly connected to the kidneys.Many people will be fine even if they don't get treatment for UTI,but some do get kidney infections, which are more serious. It canlead to sepsis, which can be fatal in… some cases if left untreated.And it can also damage your kidneys permanently. So take a prompttreatment if you have UTI. Antibiotics or diuretic andanti-inflammatory pill can help. (MORE)
The most common cause of urinary tract infections in men is E. coli, though other bacteria can cause it too.
Men don't mind being dirty slobs somewhat, hence they're used to having an overpopulation of bacteria.
Go to a doctor asap and get some medicines like herbal medicinecalled diuretic and anti-inflammatory pill. Drinking more water toflush the system. Applying a heating pad to help soothe the pubicarea. Getting more foods that are rich in vitamin C and cuttingdown bladder irritates from the diet such a…s caffeine, alcohol,spicy food, nicotine, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners. (MORE)
because we have larger holes and it's easier for things to get inside them, also, its closer to our anus. we are just prone for failure
Because of smaller length of urethra as compared to males, females are more susceptible to urinary tract infection.
Yes although it is rare that a man can get a urinary tractinfection (UTI's), but on the other hand of course it is possible.I know it is somewhat unorthodoxed for one to wash their handsbefore using the restroom however, if you think about it thefingers are 10 dirtiest things on the body and the mai…n cause ofbacteria entering the body. Another reason could be holding urinein too long such as having a busy job which prevents one from goingwhen the urge is there. If one has had a catheter recentlysecondary to surgery or a recent hospitalization which requiredcauterization could be the culprit as well. If one thinks about it,it is not that hard to get bacteria in that area; one can even getone by going for a swim. Please do not assume or self diagnose andalways f/u with a doctor, because it could be something moreserious. (MORE)
For one thing, our urethras are shorter and it's easier for the germs to get to their final destination.
Short answer: Usually it's not if its treated early and appropriately. A quicktrip to the health clinic for some antibiotics should do the trick. Long answer: UTI's are very common in both men and women, however they occurmore frequently in women. They are caused by bacteria colonizingthe urinary …tract, usually starting from the tip of the urethra andspreading upwards toward the bladder and kidneys over time. This iswhy it is important to seek treatment soon after experiencing earlysymptoms of a UTI ( pain or burning with urination, cloudy urine,trouble stopping or starting the flow of urine ). If it remains untreated for a prolonged period of time, thebacteria can move up into the bladder causing more serious symptoms( increased pain with urination, lower abdominal cramping,nausea, diarrhea, vomiting [less common], etc...). When thisoccurs it is referred to as cystitis (a medical term meaningbladder infection). After the infection has spread to the bladder, it can then continueto move up the urinary tract to infect the kidneys. This is thenreferred to as pyelonephritis (doctor lingo for kidney infection).If this occurs you will experience much more severe symptomspossibly including flank pain in your sides, lower to mid backpain, fevers, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches,sweating, and a general ill feeling . And diuretic andanti-inflammatory pill can help. This is when a UTI can become very serious, very fast. Ifthe bacteria have infected the kidneys, it can then very quicklyand easily spread to the blood stream and throughout the rest ofthe body. This is referred to as septicemia or sepsis (meaninginfection of the blood). This is a life threatening condition thatcan cause high spiking fevers, infections of other vital organs,trouble breathing, increase in heart rate, and extreme drops inblood pressure which can then cause heart failure or cause you toloose consciousness, go into a coma and die. But this could haveall be prevented by a simple antibiotic. So go to the doctorwhen you first experience symptoms and a UTI will never becomea serious illness. (MORE)
Go to the doctor, anitibiotics everything will need to be from the doctor. When you go to the doctor they will do a test on you and give you a prescription for medicine.
yeah, but they just go and eat a sh*t load of cranberries and theyr allgood.
Yes, it is possible for a woman to become pregnant by a man who has a urinary tract infection. For appropriate diagnosis and treatment of a medical disorder or disease, please seek the help of a qualified physician.
If you have an actual infection, you must go to a doctor and get some antibiotics to cure it. If you just have irritation, there are several things that can help.. Drink as much non-caffeinated liquid as you can - cranberry juice is quite popular, but not necessary if you don't like the taste . Ta…ke phenazopyridine - in the US, this is marketed as AZO (Standard) . Wear cotton underpants rather than polyester - polyester traps more moisture near the body and irritates the urinary opening more . If you are female, always wipe your "private" areas from front to back, not back to front, to avoid wiping E. coli bacteria from your anus to your urinary system . If you continue to experience irritation, try showering instead of taking baths - soaking baths can irritate the urinary opening . (MORE)