UTI Specialist

Souhail Asfouri, MD -  - Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology

Austin Southwest Obgyn

Souhail Asfouri, MD

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Austin, TX

Burning or pain while urinating may indicate you have a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs are common, and an accurate and prompt diagnosis by an experienced doctor is essential for effective treatment. At Austin Southwest OB/GYN in Austin, Texas, Dr. Souhail Asfouri offers the comprehensive diagnosis of and treatment for urinary tract infections to alleviate pain and cure the infection. Schedule a consultation by phone or online to learn more about UTI treatments.

UTI Q & A

What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract and multiplies. The infection can occur in any part of your urinary system:

  • Kidneys
  • Ureters
  • Urethra
  • Bladder

E.coli, a common bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, causes most of the UTIs in the bladder or urethra.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

Different types of UTIs produce various symptoms. You may not experience any symptoms with a urinary tract infection, or you may notice:

  • Pelvic pain
  • A persistent urge to urinate
  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Strong-smelling, cloudy, or bloody urine

Untreated, a UTI causes additional medical complications when the infection spreads to other parts of the body, especially the kidneys. If the infection enters the kidneys, you may require hospitalization.

What are the risk factors for UTIs?

UTIs are more common in women than men. After getting a UTI the first time, you may experience subsequent infections throughout your lifetime.

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The risk factors of UTIs for women include:

  • Menopause
  • Sexual activity
  • Immune disorders
  • Kidney stones or other obstructions that trap urine

How are UTIs diagnosed?

Dr. Asfouri performs a urinalysis to check for the presence of white or red blood cells and bacteria. If you suffer from frequent infections, he may order an imaging test to view your urinary tract. UTI tests may include:

  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Cystoscopy

Dr. Asfouri uses a cystoscopy to take a closer look at your bladder and urethra. He inserts a long, thin tube with a lens into the vaginal canal to look for abnormalities and signs of infection.

Are treatments available for UTIs?

Dr. Asfouri may prescribe antibiotics to cure the UTI or recommend pain medication to relieve the pain and burning sensations when you urinate. Chronic UTIs can recur frequently and might not respond to treatment.

When menopause causes frequent infections, Dr. Asfouri may recommend estrogen therapy.