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Advantage Healthcare Specialists

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine located in Lake Zurich, IL & Buffalo Grove, IL

Urinary health is a part of life you may not think about until you encounter a problem, at which point you’ll be able to think of little else. Advantage Healthcare Specialists offers comprehensive care for urinary health issues, helping patients from Buffalo Grove, Lake Zurich, and Arlington Heights, Illinois, and their surrounding suburbs find swift and lasting relief. If you suffer from urinary health concerns, book an appointment today at Advantage Healthcare Specialists to get started. You can try the simple online scheduling tool or reach out to the office by phone to schedule your visit.

Personalized Care Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is an inability to control your bladder. There are several different types, including:

  • Stress incontinence, or leaking urine during physical exertion
  • Overflow incontinence, or when you have more urine than your bladder can hold
  • Overactive bladder, or sudden and frequent urges to urinate

Both men and women can develop urinary incontinence, and your risk increases as you age. Risk factors in women include pregnancy, menopause, and hysterectomy. In men, prostate cancer or enlarged prostate increases your risk.

Treatment options include targeted pelvic floor exercises, medications, nerve stimulators, bulking material injections, and medical devices like a urethral insert or pessary. Surgery is also an option for some patients.

Urinary incontinence is common, but it’s not the only urinary health issue you may encounter.

What are urinary tract infections?

A urinary tract infection is a microbial infection in your urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. While most urinary tract infections occur in the urethra or bladder, it’s possible to get an infection in the upper portion of your urinary tract, consisting of your ureters and kidneys.

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:

  • Sensation of burning during urination
  • Urine discoloration
  • Blood in urine
  • Frequent or intense urge to urinate
  • Cloudy urine
  • Urine with a strong odor

It’s important to pay attention to these symptoms, as untreated urinary tract infections can cause serious health concerns, some of which can be life-threatening. A simple course of antibiotics is often all that’s needed to cure a urinary tract infection.

Many patients encounter urinary symptoms like an urgent need to pass urine. They may believe they are suffering from incontinence, only to find out that they have a urinary tract infection.

What are some other sources of urinary trouble?

A number of issues can interfere with your ability to pass urine. If you have diabetes, for example, your kidneys must work harder than normal to remove excess glucose from your blood. Whatever glucose your kidneys can’t process enters your urine along with additional fluid, forcing you to urinate more frequently.

Kidney stones develop from excess mineral deposits. When they travel through your ureter, kidney stones can cause urinary symptoms, including:

  • Painful urination
  • Urine that’s pink, brown, or red
  • Cloudy urine
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Inability to produce more than a small volume of urine

Other medical issues can cause a blockage in your ureter. Severe constipation, endometriosis, congenital issues, and tumors can all interfere with urination.

If you notice any changes in your urinary function, book a visit at Advantage Healthcare Specialists for a thorough diagnostic evaluation.