Dr. Wirth offers effective, discreet, confidential care for a wide array of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and vaginal infections, helping New York City women get the appropriate care based on the specific causes of their infections.
Urinary tract infections are usually caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract through the urethral opening. Once in the urethra and bladder, bacteria can begin to multiple, sometimes rapidly. The two most common types of UTIs in women include cystitis (bladder infection) and urethritis (infection of the urethra). Improper wiping after urinating or bowel movements is the most common cause of these infections. The proximity of the anus to the urethra is why it's especially important to remember to wipe from front to back to avoid spreading bacteria from the anus into the urethra. Some sexually transmitted diseases like herpes and chlamydia can also cause urethritis.
UTIs can often be diagnosed with a urine sample to look for white blood cells or bacteria that indicate an infection is present. In some cases, the sample may be sent to a lab for a culture, a test that enables bacteria in the urine to grow so it can be analyzed. Vaginal infections may be diagnosed with urine tests and samples of any discharge, as well as pelvic exams and diagnostic testing like colposcopy. Blood tests may also be ordered.
Most UTIs clear up with a course of antibiotics. Be sure to take the complete dose, even once your symptoms have cleared, to prevent a recurrence. Vaginal infections may also be cleared with antibiotics, suppositories, antifungal creams and other treatments. The exact type of treatment for UTI and vaginal infection will depend on the organism causing the infection.
While over-the-counter treatments may help in some cases, it's always good to schedule an appointment to ensure the most appropriate treatment is being applied to avoid recurrence and more serious problems down the road.