A report has revealed that former US President Bill Clinton has been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI) that has spread into his bloodstream. He has been hospitalized for the treatment of a urinary tract infection. The head of the Florida Urological Society, Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt has said that he got the news when he has been treating one of his male patients who have been detected with two back-to-back urinary tract infections. He has said that he has seen hundreds of such cases so far. Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt is also working as a urologist and robotic surgeon at Orlando Health. He has said that though cases of urinary tract infection are more common among women as compared to men, the infection can affect men as well quite frequently. Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt has said that UTI or urinary tract infection can affect many organs in the body. The urinary tract is like pipes that are meant to vent the urine out of the system and into the urinal.

Most infections of the urinary tract are led by bacteria that find their way into the urethra, prostate, bladder, or kidney. Health experts have said that women are most affected by UTI as they have a shorter urethra. Due to the shorter length of the urethra, bacteria can easily travel to the urinary system. On the other hand, men have longer urethra that protects them from urinary tract infections. However, Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt has said that only the length of the urethra cannot prevent urinary tract infections in men. As per the report, nearly 12 percent of men in their lifetimes are diagnosed with symptoms that are linked to urinary tract infections. Therefore, by no means, it implies a urethra or penis is short. Experts have said that there is a more clear and pathologic reason behind men being diagnosed with UTI rather than just the length of the urethra.

Health experts have said that there are many reasons why a man might be at a higher risk of being diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. They have said that men who are above 50 years are at greater risk of getting urinary tract infections as compared to younger men. Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt has said that he has seen reoccurring urinary tract infections in many men when they do not accurately drain out their bladder due to an enlarged prostate. He has said that apart from an enlarged prostate, many men are not able to drain out their bladder if they have suffered a spine injury, uncontrolled diabetes, nerve damage, or stroke in the past. Men can contract urinary tract infections that originate from the prostate or testicles, which begin in the bladder. It can go the other way around as infections can reach other organs in the body via the bladder. Experts have said that urinary tract infections can lead to kidney stones as well.

Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt has said that younger men as well can be exposed to urinary tract infections via sexually transmitted diseases. Men who have got a procedure done in the urinary system as well are at a higher risk of urinary tract infections. Health experts have said that blood in the urine, increased urine frequency, burning sensation while urinating, fever, chills, and pain in the abdomen near the bladder are some common symptoms of urinary tract infections. However, there are some men who do not show any symptoms of UTI and still, they are diagnosed with urinary tract infections based on urine cultures. Experts send patients urine samples for culture in the lab. Experts process and examine the urine sample for different strains of bacteria. Experts have said that E.coli is the most common strain of bacteria that is found in the urinary tract of patients. Once experts are done with the sample culture, they can decide on a suitable treatment. Experts usually prescribe oral antibiotic medicines for urinary tract infections.

A quick test called urine analysis can diagnose the infection. However, as per the experts, an actual culture is the best way to diagnose UTI. A urine culture can take up to three days to deliver the results; therefore, doctors do not wait for culture results and go for urine analysis to start the treatment as soon as possible. If doctors suspect that a patient is dealing with UTI, they immediately start antibiotic treatment and then adjust the treatment when they have the culture results. Urinary tract infections are usually treated with oral or IV medications. Most urinary tract infections can be cured with oral antibiotics. Nevertheless, there are some superbugs that are resistant to oral antibiotics and need a stronger dose of antibiotics via IV. Most cases of UTI take seven to ten days to be fully cured but at times, it takes longer than that to treat severe infections. In severe cases of UTI where infections have reached the bloodstream, doctors immediately start strong IV antibiotics to control the infection. Patients need to be hospitalized for these strong IV antibiotic treatments. As long as patients are responding well to the treatment, they do not have to stay in the hospital for weeks even if their infections have spread in the bloodstream. If their pulse rate, heart rate, and other vitals are fine, the treatment with strong IV antibiotics can continue at home as well. Experts have said that patients with UTI should not try to treat the infection on their own with home remedies.

They have said that to prevent the infection, people need to make sure there are no anatomical factors that need to be repaired such as kidney stones, blockage, or an enlarged prostate. People need to keep personal hygiene to prevent UTI. Experts have said that people need to keep themselves hydrated and drink enough fluids during the day. Cranberry supplements have been proved to be effective in preventing UTIs. People should not hold their urine for too long; it might help prevent the infection. People should try to maintain good overall health to keep severe health issues such as diabetes and heart issues at bay, it will too help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. Experts have said that reoccurring and untreated infections can lead to strictures or tight scars in your urethra; it can slow down the stream and make it hard for patients to drain out their bladder. UTI can make the bladder lose its ability to fill and drain out urine properly. Many experts have said that if people keep being treated with antibiotics in long run, health care providers will run out of antibiotics to treat drug-resistant urinary tract infections.

Kathleen Kinder

With over four years of experience in the research industry, Kathleen is generally engrossed in market consulting projects, catering primarily to domains such as ICT, Health & Pharma, and packaging. She is highly proficient in managing both B2C and B2B projects, with an emphasis on consumer preference analysis, key executive interviews, etc. When Kathleen isn’t deconstructing market performance trajectories, she can be found hanging out with her pet cat ‘Sniffles’.