by Jessica Merkel
Pain in the lower abdomen is one of the symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection, otherwise known as a UTI.
Urinary Tract Infections are common infections among both men and women. As many as 1 in 2 women get a UTI in their lifetime, while about 1 in 10 men get a UTI in their lifetime.
What are the most common symptoms of a UTI?
1. Bloody, dark, cloudy or smelly urine
2. Feeling a frequent and intense urge to urinate, but difficulty with urinating
3. Lower abdomen pain or pressure
4. Feeling tired and/or shaky
5. Fever or chills
These symptoms include symptoms for all three types of UTIs, not just a UTI of the bladder, which is the most common type. There is also UTI of the kidney and UTI of the urethra, each having slightly different symptoms.
What should you do to prevent getting a UTI?
1. Urinate often and as soon as you can, rather than holding it
2. Drink lots of water
3. Urinate after intercourse
4. Wipe from front to back after using the toilet
5. Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes
There are also studies suggesting certain dietary choices may improve UTI avoidance.
What should you do if you think you have a UTI?
1. Assess your symptoms
2. Call a doctor or urologist near you as soon as possible
3. Continue drinking lots of water to flush out any bacteria
The most important tip of all – do not ignore your symptoms – seek a diagnosis!
If you live in the Emporia area, believe you have a UTI and are in need of treatment, call a doctor at Newman Regional Health Urology or at Newman Express Care – both provide diagnosis and treatment for Urinary Tract Infections.
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Newman Regional Health Urologist practice at 1201 W. 12 Ave, Emporia, KS 66801
At Newman Regional Health, our urologist specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of urology conditions for men and women, such as prostate cancer, urinary incontinence, UTI and pelvic floor disorders.