A UTI is an infection in any part of your urinary tract. Having one UTI is painful enough, but having them come back can be quite frustrating. If you get three or more of these infections within a year, this recurrence is known as chronic. However, the reasons you may be getting recurring UTIs might surprise you. Time to find out why and what to do about it.
Could Persistent UTI-like Symptoms be Bladder Cancer?
Persistent urinary tract infections (UTI) or UTI-like symptoms may be an indication of bladder cancer or the potential for bladder cancer. It depends on the type of symptoms, how long you have had them and if there is pain involved.
Getting the facts, as well as seeing your doctor, is important if you are experiencing continued UTI’s or UTI-like symptoms.
Inevitably, most people will suffer from a urinary problem at some point in their life. Urinary problems such as incontinence or BPH become much more common as we age. Problems not related to aging can be a result of injuries caused by accidents, intense physical activity, or the result of an infection. Some urinary problems are much more serious than others.
So how do you tell if your urinary problems are minor or something more serious? Here are a few things to be mindful of:
It is a common misconception that urologists only treat men, but many women may need to see this specialist too. While your OBGYN will monitor your overall and reproductive health, they may refer you to a urologist to treat common disorders that affect your urinary tract
It burns when you urinate, you’re in the bathroom frequently and your urine smells. You definitely have a urinary tract infection…or do you? UTI symptoms are actually very general and can often be the symptoms of other underlying conditions.
1. Stay Hydrated
Drinking a minimum of eight cups of water helps you flush out your urinary tract. Be sure to drink plenty of water daily to avoid an increased risk of developing a UTI.