Urinary tract infections are responsible for more than 8 million visits to primary care providers every year. At Hackensack Primary Care in Hackensack, New Jersey, Dr. Sapna Singh offers comprehensive diagnostic services, including noninvasive bladder scans, to accurately confirm a UTI. She also offers effective treatments to ensure the UTI doesn’t cause further medical complications. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about managing UTIs.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects any part of your urinary system. The infection is the result of bacteria, often E. coli, that makes its way into your urinary tract. The urinary system is made up of your:
In most cases, a UTI affects your bladder and urethra, the lower part of your urinary tract. While anyone can develop a UTI, women may be more susceptible to the condition because of the structure of their urinary tract. You can develop a UTI after sexual intercourse or by spreading bacteria from fecal matter into your vagina when using the bathroom.
You may not always experience symptoms with a urinary tract infection. If you do, they may include one or more of the following:
Women may also experience persistent pelvic pain with an active urinary tract infection.
Untreated UTIs can lead to serious medical issues, including a recurrence of infection in your urinary tract. You can also suffer permanent damage to your kidneys, pregnancy complications, and sepsis, a life-threatening blood infection.
To confirm a diagnosis, Dr. Singh may order a urine test to look for bacteria or an increased presence of blood cells that may indicate an infection.
She also offers on-site bladder scans, a specialized ultrasound that allows her to look closely at your bladder. Bladder scans are noninvasive and painless. Dr. Singh conducts them in her office and provides immediate scan results during your appointment.
In most cases, Dr. Singh prescribes antibiotics to treat the infection based on the bacteria found in your urine. You must take the full course of antibiotics as she prescribes to ensure the infection goes away completely.
If you have frequent UTIs, Dr. Singh may prescribe low-dose antibiotics for several months. For severe UTIs, you may need to undergo intravenous antibiotic treatments in a hospital setting.
To find out more about UTI treatments, schedule an appointment online or by calling the Hackensack Primary Care office directly.