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Urinary Tract and Vaginal Infections
The last thing any woman needs is a urinary tract or vaginal infection slowing you down and interrupting your day with irritation and pain. You can count on the doctors at Winnie Palmer Hospital to provide responsive, compassionate care for a full range of gynecological issues to get you back to feeling yourself as quickly as possible.
Urinary Tract Infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system, including the bladder, urethra or kidney. UTIs are caused by bacteria that most often come from the digestive tract or rectal area.
The standard medical care for a UTI includes taking antibiotics for three days. If your UTI was sexually transmitted, your partner will need to be treated too. If you have recurrent infections, you may be referred to a specialist.
- Vaginal infections, also known as vaginitis, can cause discharge, irritation, and pain during sex and urination. Three types of vaginal infections are the most common.
- Vaginal yeast infection, also known as vaginal candidiasis, is caused by an infection involving an overgrowth of fungus or yeast.
- Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an overgrowth of certain types of bacteria.
- Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite.
Many women mistakenly think they have a yeast infection and try to treat themselves with over-the-counter yeast medication when, in fact, they have a vaginal infection that requires antibiotic treatment. The gynecologists at Winnie Palmer Hospital can provide precise testing for an accurate diagnosis, followed by the right treatment to get you feeling better as soon as possible.
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