Stay Well Health Medical Care PC -  - Obstetrician

Leonard Emma, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY & Staten Island Mall, Staten Island, NY

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

If you believe you have a UTI, or urinary tract infection, come into Stay Well Health Medical Care. Dr. Emma is a leading gynecology in New York City, NY and can make sure his patients get the best treatment for their needs. Visit locations in Fulton, Brooklyn, Staten Island Mall, and Queens.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Q & A

by Leonard Emma, MD

What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection often abbreviated as UTI, is an infection which affects the bladder, ureters, kidneys, and urethra. Many women experience these infections at some point in their lives. The upper urinary tract consists of the kidneys and ureters. The lower tract consists of the urethra and the bladder. Any part of this tract can become infected, and the farther up the urinary tract the infection is, the more severe it can be.  Dr. Emma can help women to eliminate these infections and find relief from symptoms.

What causes a urinary tract infection?

Infections typically develop because bacteria have gotten into the woman’s urinary tract and have begun to multiply. Infections start at the opening of the urethra, where urine exits the body, and then moves up the urinary tract as bacteria reproduce. The most common cause of infection is improper wiping and sexual behaviors which transfer bacteria from the anus to the urethra. When the bacteria reaches the kidneys, it can cause a kidney infection, and this can be especially severe and painful. It is best to seek treatment from Dr. Emma right away if symptoms develop.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

Lower urinary tract symptoms can include:

  • Urinating frequently, usually releasing only a small amount of urine
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Cloudy, bloody, or odorous urine
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Low-grade fever

Upper tract infections can cause:

  • Fever around 101˚
  • Discomfort in the back and sides
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shaking and chills

Symptoms can also be very mild or not present at all. The best way to ensure that the infection is dealt with correctly is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Emma.

How are UTIs treated?

Dr. Emma can determine if a person has a UTI by collecting a urine sample. When the physician examines the sample, the presence of bacteria and white blood cells will indicate an infection. Dr. Emma will then prescribe antibiotics. In most cases, the same bacteria are responsible for the majority of UTIs so that the doctor will use the same type of antibiotic medication. In some instances, a urine culture will also be employed to determine which bacteria is causing the infection.  Some bacteria will not be affected by the standard medications and will need an additional prescription. Contact the office if you are experiencing symptoms and need to schedule an appointment.

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For your convenience we work with you and your insurance company so you may receive the maximum benefits allowed by your policy. There is by no means a complete list of insurance providers as there are hundreds of insurers out there. We do accept Medicare, various Medicaid programs, HMO, and private plans. Please call our offices to confirm whether your insurance is accepted.

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