Urinary Tract Infections in Older Women
Urinary tract infections (UTis) are common, especially in older women.
Your urinary tract is made up of the bladder, ·the urethra, the ureters. and the kidneys. Urine is made by the kidneys. It then passes through the ureters to the bladder. It is stored in the bladder before leaving your body through the urethra.
What ls a UTI?
Having a UTI means that germs (bacteria) in your urine are causing symptoms. If you have a UTI, you will need medical treatment.
What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?
Drinking more water or other fluids might relieve some of these symptoms. But if you have these symptoms, you should still tell your doctor .
What Will My Doctor Do If I Have These Symptoms?
These symptoms might mean that you have a UTI. But they also might be a sign of another condition. For example, you might have 1oss of bladder control. To find out the cause of your symptoms. your doctor will examine you.
Your doctor also might order tests of your urine. One such test is called a urinalysis. This test looks for germs and signs of infection (white blood cells). Another such test is called a urine culture. This test can tell your doctor 2 things. First, it can tell what kind of .germs you have in your urine. Second, it can tell what medicine you should take to help get rid of the germs.
Your doctor might order tests of your blood, especially if:
These symptoms can mean that your UTI is more serious.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
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