This week’s What’s Going Around may not be contagious, but the uncomfortable infection needs medical attention. Centra Care data is showing that cases of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) have increased lately.
Hunters Creek – up 120%
Orange Lake – up 180%
Port Orange – up 125%
Urinary Tract Infections occur when bacteria gets into the urinary tract. The infection can occur in the bladder, kidneys, ureters or urethra. Usually though, the infection develops in the bladder. Normally, there are no bacteria in the urinary tract itself. UTIs are more common in females and women are more likely to get an infection after sexual activity. Menopause can also increase the risk.
Other things that increase your risk of UTI are:
- Not going to the bathroom frequently enough
- Bowel incontinence
- Enlarged prostate (males)
- Kidney stones
- Blood in the urine
- Cloudy urine
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- Pain or burning with urination
- Pressure or pain in the lower pelvis or lower back
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR:
If you think there is any chance you may have a UTI, see a doctor right away. A urine sample will be taken for confirmation and to rule out a more serious complication, and antibiotics will most likely be prescribed.
(SOURCE: National Institutes of Health)