It’s happening again. You’re going to the bathroom all the time and even when you’re done, it feels like you have to go again. Worse yet, it burns when you urinate. Your lower back and your abdomen hurt. A recurrent urinary tract infection has come to plague you. It’s time to find a treatment that is effective, helping you to manage a condition that can really make you feel miserable.

What Causes Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections?

Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria that can build up in any portion of the urinary tract, whether it’s your kidneys, your bladder, or your urethra. When your system becomes overloaded with bacteria, infection results and you find yourself dealing with symptoms such as irritation, pain, and fever. You are at a greater risk of developing recurrent urinary tract infections if you are a woman, especially if you are approaching menopause. Hormonal imbalances in your body can result in a battle with bacteria in your urinary tract.

What to Do About Your Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections?

You know the drill when it comes to typical treatment for a urinary tract infection. Your urine is tested and you’re prescribed an antibiotic for one week. When it becomes a chronic problem, you need to take further steps to deal with your infections. One alternative may be to continue antibiotics for more than one week. If menopause is a part of the problem, learn about options to put your hormonal balance back on track when it comes to the delicate, vaginal tissues. Lifestyle changes are often effective, such as drinking cranberry juice on a daily basis. Other steps you can take to help yourself include wearing underwear that is made from cotton and is lightweight. Wear loose clothing as well. Don’t use anything with chemicals or perfumes that could cause irritation. Stay hydrated and pay attention to your body. If your symptoms come back, be sure to let us know.

Talk to a Physician About Handling Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

The most important thing you need to remember is that you shouldn’t ignore your symptoms. If you suspect that you have another infection in your urinary tract, you need to contact the office of Dr. Sherry Thomas today. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your options and help you provide relief. Stick with our instructions to get a handle on your urinary tract infection for good.