Urinary tract infections are a common occurence older adults.
UTI symptoms can be acute with pain on urination, frequent urination, bladder spasms, abdominal tenderness, fever, chills and pain in the back under the area of the ribs with the kidneys are located. In elderly people, UTIs can also cause other symptoms, such as confusion, hallucinations, agitation, dizziness, falling and other problems with motor skills.
In some instances people have been thought to have dementia when actually it was only a UTI .
UTIs are diagnosed by urine test that indicate the presence of white blood cells in the urine. If other problems are suspected, CT scan, MRI or ultrasound testing may be needed.
It’s not uncommon to have a urinary tract infection without symptoms.
Your risk of a UTI may be increased by the following;
Weak immune system: Your immune system is your body defense against infection and disease. A week immune system may not be able to fight germs that can cause a UTI.
Blockages: A blockage in your urinary tract can stop your urine from flowing freely. Some causes of blockages include kidney and bladder stones.
Prostrate problems: An enlarged prostate gland or an infected prostrate may increase the risk for UTI.
Not being circumcised: The foreskin of the penis can make it easier for germs to get trapped and enter your urinary tract.
The standard treatment for UTIs is a course of antibiotics of various types. Medications like Cipro or Levaquin are effective but should not be used by pregnant women or children.
Cranberry juice used to be the go to drink for those suffering from UTIs. Scientist thought the acidity in the juice help prevent UTIs and kidney infections by altering the environment in your kidneys and urinary track.
If left untreated, a urinary tract infection can be life-threatening. If in doubt please contact your doctor.