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Urinary Problems - Treatment

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When you only have one symptom or if your symptoms are vague, it can be more difficult to determine the problem. If you have any of the following symptoms you should contact your doctor as soon as possible as they may be indicators of a more serious problem:

  • A strong, constant urge to urinate

  • Bloody or hazy urine

  • Discomfort or burning when urinating

  • Pain in the back, side or groin

  • Fever accompanied by any of the above symptoms

Below are just a few common urinary problems along with information on treatment:

Urinary Tract Infection

In cases where symptoms are characteristic of a UTI and if you are normally in good health, antibiotics will be the initial treatment. The drugs prescribed and the duration depends on your health condition and the type of bacteria found in your urine. Your doctor will need to know of any other medications you're taking or any medical allergies.

To ensure that the infection is completely eliminated, it is important to take the entire course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.

If you have repeated UTIs, your doctor may recommend a longer dosage of antibiotic treatment or a self-treatment program with short dosages of antibiotics at the beginning of your urinary symptoms.

If a severe UTI occurs, hospitalization and intravenous therapy may be necessary. If infections are persistent or you suffer from chronic kidney infection, your doctor will likely refer you to a urologist.

Frequency

Treatment is usually determined by the underlying cause of the frequency. In some cases, antibiotics and medicine may be prescribed to alleviate the discomfort.

Urgency

Depending on the specific case, urgency may be treated by antibiotics. Other typical treatments of urgency can include bladder and bowel training, special diet, Kegel exercises, medications, and treatment of muscle spasms.

Urinary Retention

A thin, flexible tube, known as a catheter, will be placed in your urethra. It maneuvers into your bladder and releases the urine into a bag. This is conducted both as a diagnosis and as a treatment of the immediate symptoms.

In addition, a variety of medicines may also help to reduce the blockage and promote urination.

Hematuria

Generally, treatment for hematuria depends on the cause and in most cases; blood found in urine may be evaluated and treated on a non-emergent basis. Hematuria may be treated with antibiotics in some cases. When the cause of blood in the urine is known, it should be treated.

Urinary Incontinence

Common at-home therapies, such as diet and medication alteration along with reduced liquid consumption before sleep, can immediately improve urinary incontinence. If simple treatments do not alleviate incontinence symptoms, other treatment methods may be used. Some treatment options include, non-invasive outpatient procedures, medications and surgery. In most cases, incontinence can be controlled or cured with proper treatment.

 

 

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