While both men and women contract bladder infections (also called urinary tract infections, or UTIs), women are much more likely than men to experience this painful occurrence. Symptoms include pain during urination, blood in the urine and a frequent urge to urinate.
“Bladder infections are not serious when you treat them right away,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “However, it is sometimes difficult to diagnose them in elderly people. Many older people who become incontinent, start acting confused or experience more frequent falls than usual may have a bladder infection.”
More than half of all women will experience a bladder infection at least once in their lifetime, and many of these women will have recurrent infections. The best way to prevent them is to drink plenty of water, urinate immediately after intercourse and wipe from front to back. Patients with recurrent infections should be further evaluated by a urologist.
For more information on bladder infections, call 573-331-3000.