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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are infections which occur very commonly and can target different parts of the urinary tract including bladder, urethra and kidneys. London Urology Associates have built a level of expertise and have a range of experts in this field, here to help you find the correct diagnosis and the best treatment.

UTIs manifest in many different forms dependant on the location on the urinary tract, including Cystitis (bladder), Urethris (urethra) and Kidney Infections (kidneys), the majority of which can easily be treated using common antibiotics.

Although there is a multitude of common causes for this, there are steps which can be taken to reduce your risk of this.

People who suffer from this often are unsure of the symptoms and therefore suffer in silence. Here at London Urology Associates have a dedication to working in a professional manner to quickly find a diagnosis for you and tailor a treatment to your personal needs.

If you suspect you may be suffering from a UTI, please do not hesitate to contact us where our helpful staff will be able to advise you further.

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Common Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

Causes of a UTI

Risk Factors

Diagnosis of UTIs

UTI Treatment

Dedicated UTI Specialist

Contact the LUA

 

 

Common Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

Common symptoms of a UTI include, but are not limited to:

  • The need to pass urine more frequently.
  • Urine smelling foul.
  • Urine passing urgency.
  • Pain in the urethra, kidney area or abdomen.
  • Passing blood in urine.
  • Fever, shaking and chills.
  • Urine looking cloudy.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Confusion.
  • Pain when passing urine (usually a burning sensation).
  • Feeling agitated easily.

 

Causes of a UTI

A UTI is caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract via the urethra. E. coli commonly is the bacteria which enters and causes this, however if another bacterium is found this often can be an indicator to an underlying cause of this, such as kidney or bladder stones.

This can be accelerated by a selection of common risk factors.

 

Risk Factors

Some of the factors which have a connection to UTIs include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual Intercourse.
  • Not urinating enough.
  • Diabetes.
  • Inefficient drainage of kidneys and misshapen kidneys.
  • Stones.
  • Catheters.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Use a contraceptive diaphragm.
  • Use spermicidal lubricants or condoms.
  • Weakened immune system due to other treatments (e.g. Chemotherapy).
  • Men with enlarged prostates are more at risk of suffering this.
  • Women who have been through Menopause are more at risk of this.

 

Diagnosis of UTIs

UTIs can be diagnosed very easily quickly via a range of methods including:

  • Dipstick – this method is very efficient and quick at determining if a UTI is present and can be carried out while you wait, giving an instant result and accelerated treatment.
  • MC&S – a more time consuming however in-depth test which will identify the type of bacteria which is present, allows identification of the best method of treatment and if antibiotic resistant bacterium is present.

 

UTI Treatment

There are a variety of treatment methods which can be used to fight against UTIs, including but not limited to:

  • Primary treatment using a broad range of Antibiotics such as Ampicillin, Ceftriaxone, Cephalexin and Ciprofloxacin.

The symptoms may be reduced by means of:

  • Increased intake of water.
  • Paracetamol to reduce pain and fever.
  • Hot water bottles can reduce discomfort associated with UTIs.

 

Due to the nature of UTIs, it is important that you seek professional advice to ensure this is diagnosed and treated correctly, to minimise possible risks associated. Our team are happy to discuss this with you at your convenience.

 

Dedicated UTI Specialist

At LUA, we are committed to bringing together some the best knowledge and expertise in the field to ensure our patients receive the highest standard of satisfaction and care throughout their time with us.

To obtain this, our team proudly welcomes Mr. Dan Wood who has a vast catalogue of experience and expertise in treating all types of urinary tract infections, with experience in treating difficult and reoccurring UTIs from childhood to adulthood.

 

Contact the LUA

If you have any concerns or would like some further advice regarding this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact our welcoming specialists who are happy to discuss any questions or queries you may have. Call us on 02072245089, or you can visit our website for more contact information.

 

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