Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are far more common among women than men. However, as men age, they become more prone to UTIs as well.
At Urology of Greater Atlanta, our top-rated physicians treat UTIs in both men and women. If you suspect you may have a UTI, contact one of our offices in Georgia by phone or online to book a consultation and begin immediate treatment.
What Is a UTI?
A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria enter the urethra and multiply, causing inflammation in your urethra and bladder, and possibly spreading through your ureters into your kidneys.
Women are susceptible to UTIs because of their anatomy. Bacteria can enter your urethra during sexual intercourse or if you wipe from back to front after using the toilet.
What Is Pyuria?
Pyuria occurs when you have an elevated amount of white blood cells in your urine. It can be caused by a UTI and is also a sign of sepsis.
What Are the Symptoms of a UTI or Pyuria?
UTIs and pyuria cause several uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- A strong smell when urinating
- A burning or painful sensation while urinating
- A constant desire to urinate
- Urine that appears cloudy
- Pus in urine
- Pink, brown, or red-colored urine (hematuria)
If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment at Urology of Greater Atlanta. Our specialists can provide testing to confirm your condition and identify the best treatment to fight off the infection.
How Are UTIs Diagnosed?
Our team at Urology of Greater Atlanta has experience in diagnosing urinary tract infections as early as possible. After reviewing your symptoms and medical history, we can offer comprehensive in-office urinalysis, including microscopy, urine cultures, and urine PCR tests.
Depending on your symptoms and medical history, our doctor might order additional testing, including ultrasounds, MRIs, or a cystoscopy.
During a cystoscopy, your doctor inserts a thin tube with a camera lens on the end into the urethra and threads it through to your bladder. This provides real-time imaging to detect and locate the infection.
What Treatments Are Available for UTIs?
Antibiotics are the first line of defense against any urinary tract infection. Antibiotics attack the infection and fight the bacteria before getting rid of the UTI entirely for both men and women.
The type of medication, dosage level, and period of time prescribed vary depending on where the infection is located and whether it’s a new or repeat infection.
It would be best if you also drank plenty of water to help flush out your urinary system and relieve some pain. Drinking cranberry juice is an old wives’ tale. Most cranberry juice has high sugar levels that only feed the bacteria in your body.
Learn How to Treat Your UTI Today
A consultation with the team of doctors at Urology of Greater Atlanta can help answer all of your UTI questions and offer tips to prevent reoccurrence. Contact one of our offices in Georgia or make an appointment online today for help. Our urologists are ready to help.
Our urologist team operates out of several offices and a surgical center to serve the needs of all Northern Georgia residents.