Urinary Tract Infections Answers Questions

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  1. How Are Urinary Tract Infections Treated?

    Most urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be treated with a course of oral antibiotics. Although younger women often are treated for just three days, older adults may be given seven to ten days' worth of antibiotics, depending on their medical condition. (With age may come a weaker immune system, mul...
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  2. How Dangerous Are Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults?

    A urinary tract infection (UTI) "“ common in older adults -- can vary in seriousness from a minor medical problem all the way to a life-threatening illness. A UTI is diagnosed when bacteria begin growing in the bladder (which is usually a sterile environment), and this bacterial growth affects the b...
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  3. How Is Delirium Treated?

    Treatment of delirium involves three overlapping steps:
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  4. What Is Delirium, and What Causes It?

    Delirium is a state of acute mental confusion, meaning a person's state of mind suddenly becomes worse than usual. Delirium can cause a person with a perfectly healthy mind to behave like a person who has dementia. For persons with dementia, delirium makes their mental state worse. The key is that i...
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  5. What Causes Urinary Tract Infections Among Older Adults?

    Older adults are prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs) because they tend to experience certain problems that set people up for this kind of infection. Experts estimate that 25 to 30 percent of all infections in older adults are UTIs.
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  6. How Can Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults Be Prevented?

    Since urinary tract infections (UTIs) in older adults are usually caused by urine that sits longer than normal in the bladder, improving the drainage of the bladder can help reduce incidences of UTIs.
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  7. Will a catheter improve Dad's quality of life?

    Reading your letter, I agree with you. Having him go through an invasive surgery to have a suprapubic cathether is not a easy solution to his incontinence problems. With his seizure disorder, surgery is especially risky. Also, catheters can have their own set of problems, like urinary tract infec...
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  8. Why are urinary tract infections so common in Alzheimer's patients?

    This is a great question. First, the symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTI) include urgency and frequency of urination, painful urination, fever, and cloudy urine. In frail and demented elders, the symptoms of UTI can be much more subtle. They may have increased incontinence, foul smelling uri...
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  9. How would constipation cause a urinary tract infection?

    Constipation can increase the chances of bladder infections in two ways. First, if stool gets stuck in the rectum, it inhibits the emptying of the bladder, which can cause some people to retain urine. Urine retention leads to stagnant urine, which is a breeding ground for microbial growth, which ...
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  10. How long does a UTI take to heal for a 96 year old woman?

    I agree with Sho B's answer. She needs to be evaluated by her health care provider to make sure she is not dehydrated, having problems with her antibiotic or other medications, or having some other problem. She may be so sleepy she is not eating or drinking enough. Many elders who are sick will d...
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  11. Is there a long time solution for a recurring bacterial UTI?

    Hello MMickey,
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  12. How can I introduce more liquids into my husband's diet?

    Keeping adequately hydrated is a common concern for people of all ages, especially in these hot summer months. For caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's, it presents even greater challenges. First congratulations on being very creative in offering your husband foods that have high water conten...
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  13. What remedies are available for chronic UTI sufferers?

    Chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) are often difficult to deal with, as it is such a complicated problem. First, the patient should be worked up to discover why they are getting frequent infections. If the cause can be helped, many times the number of infections will decrease. Chronic indwel...
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  14. What Are the Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults?

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) generally cause symptoms related to bladder irritation:
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  15. How often should adult diapers be changed to avoid a UTI?

    Urinary tract infections(UTI)are a common problem for many women, young and old. However, in the elderly they can be a big problem as the symptoms are often hard to recognize and they can be difficult to treat. The risk of getting a UTI becomes even higher as incontinence worsens. To try and redu...
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  16. Can odd reactions be UTI symptoms?

    A bad UTI can cause the dizziness, fever, and body aches that you describe. However, the red rash on your leg sounds like something else. Sure, you could have been bitten by something, but painful red rashes on one side of the body could be shingles, a drug reaction, or a skin infection. I would ...
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  17. Why are urinary tract infections in elderly women so common?

    This is a complicated question, and a good one. I'll to simplify the answer. There are several reasons why women are at a higher risk of urinary tract infections (UTI) as they age.
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  18. Was my Step-dad's life taken prematurly, or was hospice aiding in the dying process?

    My heart goes out to you. I have been struggling with similar questions regarding my fathers recent death and know how troubling these feelings are. I think the hospice has guidelines that probably did help our fathers to have more peaceful passing but the implementation is by humans and not regul...
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