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UTI Urinary Tract Infection or Unwanted Travel Intruder?

“Visit the Colosseum – Check! Picture in front of the Trevi Fountain – Check! Extra-large gelato in Campo de’Fiori – Check! Spanish Steps at 4pm? Ughhh…how am I gonna walk there if I feel the urge to stop at every single public bathroom on the way, and that burning pain wont give me relief? I may have to skip this one…”

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?

UTI Urinary Tract Infections

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

Symptoms

 If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, head to a clinic for a check-up visit:

  • Intense pain or burning when you urinate
  • A frequent need to urinate
  • Bloody urine

If the infection has reached your kidneys, you may also suffer from:

  • Fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your back

A specialist is likely to understand whether you have a UTI simply by learning about your symptoms and running a urine test.

UTI Remedies

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:

  • Drink water, water, and more water to flush out bacteria from your body
  • Finish the dose of antibiotics prescribed by the doctor. Do not interrupt the treatment because you are feeling better.
  • Urinate immediately after sexual intercourse (remember that this can help you against UTI, but does not prevent STD!!).
  • Avoid using spermicides as a form of birth-control
  • If you have been through menopause, ask a doctor about vaginal oestrogen

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!