Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria move up the urinary tract to infect the bladder and/or the kidneys. A simple urinary tract infection is when bacteria infect the lining of the bladder. When the bacteria moves all the way up to the kidneys this is a more serious infection called pyelonephritis. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection in men include:

  • Urinary frequency

  • Urinary urgency

  • Burning with urination

  • Strong urine odor

  • Strong urge to void with only small amount actually coming out

When the kidney becomes infected symptoms include fever and back pain. Pyelonephritis is a more serious infection as this allows easy access of bacteria to your blood stream. Just like some people are more prone to catch a cold than others, some people are more prone to urinary tract infections than others. There are however, multiple risk factors:

  • Sexual intercourse

  • Condoms with spermicides

  • Abnormal urine drainage – such as a blockage

  • Diabetes

  • Constipation

The physicians at Athens Area Urology will perform a thorough evaluation to help treat your urinary tract infection. The mainstay of treatment is antibiotics. We will evaluate your urine to determine which specific bacteria is causing your infection, and tailor our antibiotic selection to best fit you. Beyond treatment of an active infection, we strive to find the root cause of your infection to help prevent future UTI’s.

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