A UTI can be painful and challenging to deal with, but Midtown, New York area residents get help from an experienced OB/GYN like Dr. Andrea J. Capalbo. Whether it's a recurrent UTI or the first time a patient is dealing with this issue, the pain and other symptoms can quickly remedied with proper treatment.
A UTI is a bacterial infection that develops within the urethra, the kidneys, or the bladder. UTIs are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract through the urethra. If the UTI is treated promptly, it will end there. However, the infection if not identified and treated right away, it will spread through the rest of the urinary tract.
The most obvious indicators of a UTI include: frequent urination, burning during urination, and sudden lower back pain. All of these issues can be present at once, although some people experience only 1 or 2 of these symptoms.
Women are more likely to develop recurrent UTIs than men due to their shorter urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to enter the body. Patients who suffer from diabetes have an increased chance of developing recurrent UTIs due to a weakened immune system. Those who suffer from kidney stones are also more likely to get recurrent UTIs because the kidney stones obstruct the normal flow of urine and allow infections to build up.
UTIs are treated based on both the cause of the infection and the history of the patient. Antibiotics such as trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, ciprofloxacin, and cephalexin are typically the medication of choice for UTIs. Although most patients feel better in just a few days, it's important to completely finish the prescribed course of medication to eliminate the infection. For people who suffer from recurrent UTIs, long-term low dose antibiotics may be used. In cases of serious UTIs, intravenous delivery of high dose antibiotics may be needed. However, prompt attention to UTI symptoms can help patients avoid the infection from becoming severe.
There are several measures that can help prevent UTIs. These include:
At Dr. Capalbo's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Trish if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.
"Dr. Capalbo takes time to listen and think about your specific problems, seems extremely knowledgeable and has many years of experience. I would recommend her."
"Met the doctor and she is amazing. She listened to all of my concerns and went with the needed exam. She was very friendly and gentle. Highly recommend her!"
"I have been seeing Dr. Capalbo for a number of years now. She is such a nice woman and I am very happy with her overall."
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"Dr. Capalbo is a great doctor who is always available for questions. I've been going for 3 years now and plan to continue."