Urinary Tract infections

Urinary Tract infectionsUrinary tract infections are more common amongst women than men and if you are having any symptoms, it is best to visit our clinic and have a comprehensive check-up. Bacteria are the primary cause of urinary tract infections. It is known to affect the bladder, kidneys and tubes.

Statistics indicate that 50% of women will experience UTI at least once, with nearly 30% experiencing recurring urinary tract infections. Pregnant women may develop urinary tract infections compared to other women, but UTI during pregnancy is likely to be in the kidneys. However, it can be dangerous on the health of the mother and infant. Even if there are no visible symptoms, we will test pregnant patients and treat them appropriately to prevent spreading. While people of all ages and genders can develop UTI, here are some risk factors that increase the likelihood of the condition.
  • Diabetes
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Sexual intercourse with multiple partners
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Kidney stones
  • Bowel incontinence
Common symptoms of urinary tract infections include,
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Pain when urinating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Abdominal pains
Urinary tract infections are most often not serious and can be treated successfully. However, in the rare instances that there can be complications it can cause serious problems. Dr. Shawket Alkhayal advises patients to follow several steps to minimize the risk of developing urinary tract infections.
  • Drink plenty of water and urinate frequently
  • Minimize the intake of alcohol and caffeine
  • Urinate right after sexual intercourse
  • Maintain good hygiene
  • Opt for showers over baths
  • Wear cotton underwear
Once Dr. Shawket has discussed symptoms with the patients, the diagnosis will be made. We will also collect a urine sample from the patient to assess the presence of bacteria. If a patient is experiencing recurring UTI, we will request for further diagnostic testing. The Alkhayal Clinic has successfully treated patients with UTI in the past.