Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are a common and painful issue that older individuals face.  Most UTIs are caused by bacteria from your bowels that enter other parts of your body. Once the bacteria enters your bladder it can multiply quickly and become what is termed a lower UTI. UTIs become more serious if they travel to one or both kidneys in what is called an upper UTI. Since the kidneys can be damaged in an Upper UTI infection it is important that UTIs get treated quickly and effectively. 
While women are more likely to experience UTIs, men’s risk of getting a UTI increases as they age. In fact, the population that is most likely to develop a UTI is the elderly. Elderly people are more likely to develop UTIs for several reasons. They are more susceptible to infection, are more likely to suffer from conditions such as diabetes, may use catheters, have an enlarged prostate, and may have mobility issues and or kidney stones all of which increases the risk of developing a UTI.
 Some common symptoms of UTIs include bloody urine, urgent and frequent need to urinate, pain or burning while urinating, low grade fever, night sweats, shaking or chills.  It is important to note that elderly people with serious UTIs may not show any signs of fever because their immune system is not strong enough to fight back against the infection. In addition, UTI symptoms in the elderly include confusion, hallucinations, poor motor skills, dizziness and falling. In order to reduce the risk of developing a UTI one should drink plenty of fluids, drink cranberry juice, takecranberry tablets, and avoid caffeine and alcohol as they irritate the bladder. The most likely course of treatment for a UTI is with antibiotics which can help clear the infection quickly (source).At Sprain Brook Manor Rehab we understand the specific health risks that aging adults face. Our team of skilled nurses, doctors and therapists work hard to ensure that your loved ones will heal and be professionally cared for of while they reside with us. This post is provided by Sprain Brook Manor Rehab which Provides unique opportunity to recover from medical procedures that result in true satisfying results. Getting you stronger and better every day. Contact Us today to receive more information.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as health advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual medical counsel or consulting your physician.