Health Watch - A Going Concern: Infections

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about bladder-related problems. Half of all women will develop urinary tract infections in their lifetimes. The infection is relatively easy to treat, but it is important to seek treatment.

Dr. Philippe Zimmern, a urologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should see a doctor as soon as you notice symptoms like frequent or especially urgent urges to urinate, sharp pain during urination or cloudy urine. You may also feel soreness in the lower abdomen, back or sides. Treatment usually involves antibiotics. If a urinary tract infection isn’t treated, it can spread to the kidneys. You can help prevent an infection with good personal hygiene. Wash daily, and wipe from front to back when you use the bathroom. Washing before and after having sex may also help prevent infection.

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April 2009

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