App To help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

A new app is available which was designed to help prevent urinary tract infections. The app was created by Dr Dana Rice, a board-certified female urologist in Fairfax, Virginia.

According to the UTI Tracker’s website, “The UTI Tracker mobile app helps patients take control of their healthcare by cataloging daily urinary tract symptoms, medication, and behavioral patterns, and offers personalized tips for UTI prevention.”

Some people have a tendency to develop recurrent urinary tract infections. Behavioral modification has been shown to help reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections.

According to the UTI mobile app website, “The app assists with cataloging symptoms, behaviors, treatments and cultures in a fun and easy way. When patients are able to identify patterns or triggers for pain episodes, physicians can better treat and prevent future infections.”

The UTI Tracker app comes with different features voiding diaries, daily journal, and weekly tips. The app also features automatic notifications of behavior patterns that increase your risk of UTI’s.

Questions for Dr. Rice

Urinary tract infection information

According to the Center for Disease Control, “Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections.”
Women and girls are at a higher risk. Their urethra is shorter, making it easier for bacteria to enter the urinary tract.
Most UTIs are caused by bacteria for which antibiotics are prescribed.
Unfortunately, bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.
The risk of bacterial resistance increases with recurrent antibiotic use.
UTIs often recur in the same people. Multiple courses of antibiotics will increase bacterial resistance in the group.

Who is at risk for a urinary tract infection?

  • Those with a previous UTI
  • Sexual activity can increase the risk of a UTI
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Older age
  • Bed rest or lower activity level
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Blockage of the urinary tract with kidney stones or enlarged prostate increases the risk of a urinary tract infection.
  • Spermicides and diaphragms can also increase your risk of urinary tract infection according to The Mayo Clinic 

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection

  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Persistent urge to urinate
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Change in the urine smell
  • Pelvic pain

Read more about the UTI Tracker app Information

What do you do for recurrent urinary tract infections?

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