Half of all women experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) during their lifetime. If you’re among them and living in the greater Pensacola, Florida area, the team of healthcare professionals at The Women’s Group can provide quick and effective treatment.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when microorganisms, usually bacteria, enter the urinary tract. This can occur in a number of ways. Bacteria near the vagina can get into the urethra as a result of poor hygiene, such as wiping from back to front. It can also enter during sex from contact with the penis or fingers, or through inserting a diaphragm. Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk for UTIs. Their diminished levels of hormones reduce a normal defenses against the growth of harmful bacteria in the urethra.
If you experience symptoms of a possible UTI (listed below) don’t wait to seek medical intervention. Only a urinalysis or urine culture can confirm a UTI, which when left untreated can lead to more serious problems, such as a kidney infection.
Common symptoms of a UTI are:
Once a UTI diagnosis is confirmed, antibiotics are prescribed. Most of the time antibiotics are all that is required to eradicate UTIs quickly.
There are a number of preventative measures women can take to reduce the likelihood of developing a UTI. These are:
Please call the office if you have questions regarding your health insurance. Effective July 1, 2018, we have added the Blue Select and My Blue plans to our list of accepted insurances. We do not currently participate in Humana Medicaid.
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