Learning About Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment #FightUTI

Women have a greater chance of getting  Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) more than men. In fact,  one in five women will experience UTI in her lifetime, and up to 80% of such cases will be repeated.

I’ve learned about my own susceptibility to Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) when I had my first employment medical result back in 1999. My threshold for pain has always been up the charts, which probably made my issue seem asymptomatic. It was also during that season when I found out I was allergic to sulfamethoxazole, which is usually one of the components most medical doctors prescribe to those who have uncomplicated UTI. I had to be rushed to the emergency room twice, because it wasn’t until the last visit that I was diagnosed with sulfa-allergy.  I remember they first ruled out hay fever. This is why it is of utmost importance to get medical issues checked and treated by specialists.

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Causes of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Women

  • Women have shorter urethras, which make them more prone to UTI. A shorter urethra allows bacteria quicker access to the bladder.
  • Having sex can cause bacteria into the urinary tract, too.
  • Wrong wiping from back to front can introduce bacteria from anus.

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Symptoms of UTI:

  • A burning feeling when you urinate
  • A frequent or intense urge to urinate, even though little comes out when you do
  • Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen
  • Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine
  • Feeling tired or shaky
  • Fever or chills

Source: http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/your-guide-urinary-tract-infections

I recently had the privilege to attend a symposium  organized by The Cathay Drug Co Inc and Zambon Italy, four international and two local doctors presented the latest available guidelines in UTI management to local specialists.

UTI in Pregnancy

UTI may lead to high blood pressure in pregnant women, or lead to premature childbirth. Diabetes patients and those with weak immunity, people with stones in the urinary tract, children born with abnormal or narrow urinary tracts and patients using catheters are at greater risk of contracting UTI.

During the symposium, Dr. George Zhanel of the University of Manitoba (Canada) Faculty of Medicine discussed antibiotic resistance in relation to UTI. Dr. Andrea Novelli of the University Hospital Careggi (Italy) gave an overview of antibiotics therapy. Professor Nicola Petrosillo of Lazzaro Spallanzani (National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Italy) spoke about the stewardship of community and hospital-acquired infections.

Dr. Kurt Naber of the Technical University of Munich (Germany) presented international UTI treatment guidelines. Dr. Ricardo Manalastas, Jr. of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine tackled UTI in relation to pregnancy and menopause. Dr. Edsel Salvana of the National Institutes of Health, UP Manila presented local UTI treatment guidelines.

Also discussed was a breakthrough single-dose antibiotic seen to increase patient compliance. Monurol (Fosfomycin Trometamol), a unique and highly effective treatment positioned as a first line antibiotic treatment for UTI and acute cystitis (inflammation/infection of the urinary bladder). The novelty of Monurol is its single dose regimen that assures excellent patient compliance. One Dose regimen unique to the drug. as it maintains a very high urinary concentration for more than 72 hours after a single dose. This compares with common antibiotics that must be taken twice a day for seven to 14 days, depending on the severity of the infection.

Monurol also has extremely low global antibiotic resistance rates, assuring its effectiveness and the prompt relief of symptomsPatients suffering from UTI, acute cystitis and infection of the kidney may benefit from Monurol and should ask their doctors about it. Mourol is imported and distributed by Cathay DrugA dose of Fosfomycin in Mercury drug retails for P487.00.

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