Healthy Moments Episode

Treating and Avoiding Urinary Tract Infections

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Mar 30, 2009 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers describes the symptoms of a urinary tract infection and explains the treatments a doctor may suggest.


Did you know that one in five women will get a urinary tract infection at some point in their life?

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, happen when bacteria, often E. coli, enter the urethra, travel to the bladder, and multiply.

You may know you have a UTI by:

• a frequent or urgent need to urinate

• a burning feeling when you do

• or the addition of a fever and severe lower back pain, which could mean that the infection has traveled to the kidneys

If you experience any of these symptoms, see a doctor. In addition to prescribing medication, he or she may suggest drinking cranberry juice and plenty of water, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

And for more tips, visit our website at NIDDK or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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