Most women will know what we are talking about, as urinary tract infections UTIs are extremely common among females. They may also know that, as uncomfortable as they can be, UTIs can often be treated fairly quickly. In fact, you may simply have to add a visit to a clinic in Rome to your sightseeing checklist.
But let’s start from the basic guidelines. What are the organs that make up the urinary tract?
Kidneys: filter blood to produce urine
Bladder: stores urine till a person urinates
Ureters: transmit urine from the kidneys to the bladder
Urethra: removes urines from the bladder
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are caused by the presence of bacteria in the urinary tract. Depending on whether the bacteria travels up to the kidneys or stops at the bladder, UTIs are classified as bladder infections or kidney infections
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, head to a clinic for a check-up visit:
If the infection has reached your kidneys, you may also suffer from:
A specialist is likely to understand whether you have a UTI simply by learning about your symptoms and running a urine test.
Though you can easily find over-the-counter medications at any pharmacy, these are often ineffective, and you will need to have a doctor prescribe you antibiotics to treat the infection. Remember that in Italy pharmacies are not allowed to sell antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription.
A dose of antibiotics can last from 3 to 15 days, depending on whether the bacteria have reached the kidneys or not. But don’t panic!
It usually takes just one day of antibiotics to ease UTI symptoms and feel much better!
Meanwhile, you could take a pain-killer to ease the burning feel and avoid falling behind on your perfectly planned Roman holiday schedule.
For many men and women, urinary tract infections can be a recurring problem, which interferes with their daily routine, causing pain and discomfort. Our Urologist has shared a few tips to prevent the reoccurrence of UTIs:
Warning: UTIs in men are less common, but they may be more serious infections. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule a visit with a doctor!
Don’t let UTIs prevent you from exploring Rome and fully enjoy your Italian vacation. Contact us to see a doctor, and start the treatment right away!