Bladder infections occur when bacteria assault the urinary bladder and/or the urinary tract. Women are much more susceptible than men to bladder infections due to the physical makeup of their urinary systems. If you are getting multiple UTIs in a given year, you may suffer from chronic bladder infections. Chronic bladder infections can be a significant problem for some women and can cause progressive damage resulting in scarring, kidney failure and even infertility.
The Importance of Prevention
The standard treatment for bladder infections is the prescription of antibiotics. While antibiotics are a quick and easy fix, they are not suitable for long-term or frequent use. Those who suffer from chronic bladder infections may continue to be susceptible to bladder infections, and the infections will generally become worse with continued and repeated use of antibiotics. The issue with overusing antibiotics is that they can destroy harmful bacteria, but they also destroy the good bacteria that can prevent help pathogenic bacteria from growing.
Prevention is one of the most beneficial approaches for women who get repeated urinary or bladder infections or those who simply want to eliminate the need for long-term antibiotics. Prevention can include a close examination of your diet and vitamin intake. It can also include changing your lifestyle habits or even the type of undergarments you wear. At Rapid Healthcare, we are equipped to use multi-faceted approach to help patients find an alternative solution to bladder infections when they become chronic.
Chronic Bladder Infection Symptoms and Causes
Most bladder infections are caused by the E. coli bacteria. Factors associated with increased risk of bladder infection include: sexual intercourse, pregnancy, menopause, mechanical trauma or irritation and structural abnormalities of the urinary tract that block the free flow of urine. Sometimes, chronic UTI’s are an indicator of another health condition that needs to be addressed.
Symptoms of chronic bladder infection are burning pain while urinating, increased frequency of urination, cloudy, foul-smelling urine, dark or bloody urine and lower abdominal pain. A simple urine analysis will reveal significant numbers of bacteria and white blood cells. Book your visit at the office of Dr. Daniel Benhuri today to find long-lasting relief from your chronic bladder discomfort.
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