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Urinary tract infections (UTI) often happen when bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra. Urinary tract infections are why we are told to wipe from front to back – especially women as the urethra is close to the vagina and anus. While they do not always show signs or symptoms, Janet Tomezsko, MD, Urogynecology at NorthShore, shares common UTI symptoms:
For simple UTIs, symptoms usually clear up in few days after treatment. Treatment can include:
Approximately one in five women experiences a second UTI after her first. Three or more infections in a year can be classified as chronic UTI. When multiple infections are experienced, it is important to follow up with your primary care physician to find a treatment plan such as taking a low dose antibiotic over a longer period of time or antibiotics after intercourse. Dr. Tomezsko recommends the following tips to try and prevent another UTI:
What tips have you found to be helpful in avoiding a urinary tract infection?