Nurse Practitioner Dale Ann Dorsey describes a urinary tract infection and explains the causes and symptoms.
Dale Ann Dorsey:
Well let me tell you a little bit about urinary tract infections. It is one of the most common reasons that I see people in my office.
There is about six million visits to a healthcare provider for urinary tract infections and about 20 percent of women at one point in their life will experience them.
The urinary tract infection can be in the urethra, it can be in the bladder or it can even ascend up into the kidneys. The most common is the bladder infection or what we call cystitis.
Some of the symptoms of that are urinary frequency, painful urination or a sudden urge to urinate. Often the urine may have a foul, strong odor and sometimes there may even be blood in the urine.
The number one cause of urinary tract infections is getting bacteria that usually lives in the intestines up into the urethra and it invades the bladder.
The symptoms are frequency of urination where you are just having to go to the bathroom many, many times than normal and that it may hurt, that you may have some pain when you are urinating.
About Dale Ann Dorsey:
Dale Ann Dorsey, M.S.N., W.H.N.P., received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ASU and worked in maternal/child health as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator and clinical nursing instructor. She completed her Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner training at Harbor/University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Science in Nursing at California State University, Long Beach. Before entering private practice, she worked at 2 valley OB/GYN offices and the ASU Student Health Center. She is also an Associate Faculty at ASU College of Nursing. She believes in providing patient care with a holistic perspective, incorporating mind-body-spirit and brings over 20 years experience to her practice.