Dr. Akl explains what a woman should do if she is commonly diagnosed with urinary tract infections (UTI) and shares if over-the-counter UTI treatments are effective.
It’s common to see a woman with recurrent urinary tract infections in my practice, and what I usually advise them is whenever they have symptoms of urinary tract infection is to get tested with a urine test and culture and sensitivity to direct their treatment appropriately with an appropriate antibiotic.
In some cases, a cystoscopy, which means taking a look inside the bladder with a camera, maybe needed to rule out any foreign bodies or stones inside the bladder contributing in their recurrent urinary tract infections. In other cases, a prolonged course of suppressive antibiotic therapy help prevent recurrent urinary tract infections.
You might notice a lot of over-the-counter products in the pharmacy for treatment of urinary tract infection. However, urinary tract infection is usually cleared with an antibiotic prescribed by a physician. Over-the-counter products do not have the antibiotic component to it to kill the bacteria inside the urine.
About Dr. Mohamed Akl, M.D.:
Dr. Mo Akl is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship trained in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Akl completed four years of residency training in general Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hurley Medical Center affiliated with Michigan State University followed by an additional three years of fellowship training in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, one of the best training institutions in urogynecology, pelvic surgery, laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery.