Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Adults FAQs
Reviewed by Charles P. Davis, MD, PhD
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Q:How much urine does the average adult pass each day?
A:Every day, the average adult produces about a quart and a half of urine.
Q:What is the most common cause of a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
A:Escherichia coli (E. coli) is the most common cause of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Q:What is a common UTI risk factor in adults?
A:Enlarged prostate, catheter usage, and diabetes are common causes of UTIs in adults.
Q:What are signs and symptoms of a UTI in adults?
A:Common signs and symptoms of UTIs are pain during urination, increased frequency of urination, milky or cloudy urine, and occasionally, foul-smelling urine.
Q:How many people in the U.S. visit the doctor each year to be treated for a UTI?
A:8.3 million people in the U.S. visit the doctor each year to be treated for a UTI.
Q:To prevent urinary tract infections, some doctors recommend that people drink which liquid?
A:Some physicians suggest drinking cranberry juice to both prevent and help treat UTIs.
Q:On average, what percentage of pregnant women develops UTIs?
A:Approximately 2% to 4% of pregnant women develop UTIs.
Q:Which antibiotics are used in the treatment of uncomplicated UTIs?
A:There are several drugs that are used to treat uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs). They are trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, Cotrim), amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox, Wymox), and ampicillin (Omnipen, Polycillin, Principen, Totacillin).
Q:How can women prevent urinary tract infections?
A:There are steps that women can take to help prevent UTIs:
Q:A pregnant woman who develops a UTI needs prompt treatment to avoid what?
A:A urinary tract infection in a pregnant woman needs prompt treatment to avoid the complications of high blood pressure and premature delivery.
Q:Erectile dysfunction is a common cause of UTIs in men. True or False?
A:Erectile dysfunction is not a common cause of UTIs in men.
Q:What may provide some relief from UTI pain?
A:Drinking plenty of water helps to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract.
Q:What percentage of women who have a UTI will have another?
A:In general, about 20% of women that develop a UTI will develop a second UTI.
Q:What comprises the urinary system?
A:The kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra comprise the urinary system.
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