All you need to know about UTIs
Statistics from the AIHW suggest UTIs make the list for as one of the Top Five (5) Causes of Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations. Despite popular opinion, bacteria do not live in the urinary tract, however they can enter the tract and multiply (or grow) which in turn can cause a UTI. Whilst all UTIs are caused by micro-organisms or bacteria, there are different types of infections, including:
Common symptoms of UTIs include, but are not limited to:
Treatment for UTIs:
Your doctor will likely also discuss ways to help prevent recurring infections or even refer you to a urologist (specialist in urinary problems) for further investigation or treatment.
Why See Your Doctor?
Seeing a qualified GP ensures that less likely, but more sinister causes that can mimic UTIs are not missed. While this could be rare, it is important to see a GP and have the condition assessed before going on antibiotic course, as some of the symptoms might feel like a UTI, when it might be something else. Where possible we would always encourage organising a face-to-face appointment for these symptoms, rather than telehealth due to limited examination options with telehealth.
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – Fact Sheet – Hospitalised for potentially preventable reasons_13Jan2020
- Better Health – Urinary tract infections (UTI) – Better Health Channel
- Health Direct – Urinary tract infection (UTI) – symptoms, treatment and prevention | healthdirect