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Why Am I Urinating so Frequently?
Alfred Hitchcock was famously quoted as saying, “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” If you are battling a bladder infection, you may find yourself getting up to urinate a lot more frequently than usual.
Bladder infections happen when bacteria finds its way into the urethra – the tube that allows urine to leave the body. Bladder infections affect more women than men, with at least 50 percent of women having a bladder infection in their lifetime. Most people have uncomplicated infections – bladder infections in otherwise healthy individuals – that are usually caused by E. coli bacteria.
Once the bacteria is in the bladder, the bladder becomes inflamed. With time, the offending bacteria can travel to the kidneys, leading to a kidney infection.
Should I Seek Medical Attention?
The symptoms of a bladder infection include:
- A frequent urge to urinate
- Foul-smelling urine
- Discomfort, pain, or burning while urinating
- Cloudy urine
- Blood in urine
At our primary care facilities, your doctor will likely be able to diagnose a bladder infection after listening to you describe the symptoms that you have as well as doing a urinalysis. A urinalysis that reveals white blood cells in your urine may indicate an infection. Your doctor will then work with you to create a treatment plan designed to address the infection.
How Our Doctors Can Help
If you are diagnosed with an uncomplicated bladder infection, your doctor may treat you with a course of antibiotics that will last between three and seven days. Most people see an improvement in their condition one day after starting treatment. However, just because you feel better, this does not mean that you should stop taking the antibiotics as you will need to let the treatment run its course to eliminate the infection.
Complicated bladder infections require you to take antibiotics for between seven to 14 days. Your doctor will also discuss with you lifestyle changes and at-home care to prevent the reoccurrence of an infection.
Bladder infections are painful and they can disrupt your life, making something as simple as watching a movie a challenge. Our primary care physicians can show you how to take control of your bladder, as opposed to having your bladder control you.