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Urinary Tract Infection

Half of all women experience at least one urinary tract infection or UTI by age 35 with recurrences affecting at least 25%. Most episodes begin when a particular strain of E. coli gains entrance to the bladder from the large intestine and attacks the surface of the epithelial cells lining the organ. At times these bacteria enter the interior of the cells and hide for months to years before making their appearance known in the form of a recurrent infection. This roughly parallels the situation with the herpes virus. Symptoms of cystitis include pain while urinating, increased frequency and the urgent need to void. Still mostly treated with a short course of antibiotics, a moderate number of infections spontaneously clear and require only anti-inflammatory therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urinary Tract Infection

Half of all women experience at least one urinary tract infection or UTI by age 35 with recurrences affecting at least 25%. Most episodes begin when a particular strain of E. coli gains entrance to the bladder from the large intestine and attacks the surface of the epithelial cells lining the organ. At times these bacteria enter the interior of the cells and hide for months to years before making their appearance known in the form of a recurrent infection. This roughly parallels the situation with the herpes virus. Symptoms of cystitis include pain while urinating, increased frequency and the urgent need to void. Still mostly treated with a short course of antibiotics, a moderate number of infections spontaneously clear and require only anti-inflammatory therapy.