What Is a Chronic Urinary Tract Infection?
Chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of the urinary tract that either don’t respond to treatment or keep recurring. They may either continue to affect your urinary tract despite getting the right treatment or they may recur after treatment.
Your urinary tract is the pathway that makes up your urinary system. It includes the following:
- Your kidneys filter your blood and generate body waste in the form of urine.
- Your ureters are tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder.
- Your bladder collects and stores urine.
- Your urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body.
A urinary tract infection can affect any part of your urinary system. When an infection only affects your bladder, it’s usually a minor illness that can be easily treated. However, if it spreads to your kidneys, you may suffer from serious health consequences, and may even need to be hospitalized.
Although UTIs can happen to anyone at any age, they’re more prevalent in women.
What Are the Symptoms of a Chronic Urinary Tract Infection?
The symptoms of a chronic UTI affecting your bladder include:
- Frequent urination.
- Bloody or dark urine.
- A burning sensation while urinating.
- Pain in your kidneys, which means in your lower back or below your ribs.
- Pain in your bladder region.
If the UTI spreads to your kidneys, it might cause:
- A high fever, over 101°F (38°C)
- Mental disorientation
Chronic Urinary Tract Infection Treatment in Pasadena, CA
At Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness, expert urogynecologists, Dr. Alexis May Kimble and Dr. David Kimble can help determine a treatment plan for your chronic urinary tract Infection. Call the office at (626) 535-0832 or book an appointment using the form below. Feeling better is just an appointment away.