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Detecting and Preventing UTIs in Women Santa Monica, CA
Urinary Tract Infection Santa Monica, Ca

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are a common problem that plaques the female population. In fact, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 40 to 60 percent of women will have a UTI at some point in their lifetimes, and one in four women will have an infection that comes back after initial treatment. UTIs can produce highly disruptive and painful symptoms. For some women, UTIs are recurrent and stubborn to treat. It is important for women to understand the facts about urinary tract infections, including who is at risk and what warning signs to look for.

What’s a UTI?

A UTI can involve any part of the urinary tract, from the kidneys to the urethra. Most UTI’s involve the bladder. It is common to question whether UTIs are the same as bladder infections. The truth is that all bladder infections are UTIs, but not all UTIs are bladder infections. A UTI involving the kidneys is a more serious and often painful infection than one that involves the urethra.

Like most infections, an infection within the urinary tract begins with the presence of bacteria. Due to the shorter anatomy of the female urethra and the proximity of the urethra to the anus, females are at a much higher risk for UTIs than men.

Warning Signs of a UTI

Every patient is different. While some women may notice symptoms of a UTI right away, others may have mild symptoms that go undetected. In general, UTIs produce the following warning signs:

  • Burning sensation with urination (dysuria)
  • Urgency to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Cramping or pain in the pelvis
  • Frequent urination
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine

Treating and Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

Some women have success treating uncomplicated UTIs at home. This can be accomplished with drinking more water, taking a probiotic and increasing Vitamin C. However, for women who are experiencing pain or fever associated with a UTI, a course of antibiotics is needed. At the office of Dr. Brent Michael, we routinely treat UTIs with an antibiotic designed to target the bacteria in your urine sample. If your UTI symptoms are worsening, causing you to miss work or keep coming back after treatment, please call our office.

Once you’ve treated your UTI, it is important to know how to prevent another one. Some women are more prone than others to this type of infection. However, all women can benefit from the following preventative tips:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Urinate when you feel the urge
  • Wipe front to back
  • Wash up before sexual intercourse
  • Urinate after sex
  • Avoid scented feminine products
  • Consider other birth control options

To learn more about UTIs in women or to schedule an urgent office visit for UTI treatment, please contact Dr. Brent Michael in Santa Monica today!

Posted on behalf of Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: 310-829-7777

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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