Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Specialist
Dr. Daniel Stone, MD FACOG
Urogynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Daniel Stone, MD is one of the leading experts in the management of urinary tract infections. Dr. Stone can diagnosis and provides management options for both urinary tract infections and recurrent urinary tract infections to patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding Arizona areas.
Urinary Tract Infections Q & A
What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
A Urinary Tract Infection is an infection of either the bladder or kidney. An infection the bladder is often called cystitis or a bladder infection. An infection of the kidney is called pyelonephritis or a kidney infection. Most women will have a UTI in her lifetime. These infections are uncomfortable but rarely life-threatening.
How do Urinary Tract Infections develop?
Most of the time UTIs develop from bacteria making it's way from the vagina to the urethra and bladder. This bacteria can sometimes travel further up the urinary tract to the kidney causing a kidney infection.
What are the risk factors for developing a UTI?
There are several risk factors for urinary tract infections. Dr. Stone will discuss this with you and identify your specific risk factors. Here are some well-known risk factors.
- Women are more at risk than men
- Health conditions that affect the immune system such as diabetes.
- Surgeries in or around the bladder
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
- Burning on urination
- Urinary urgency
- A strong odor in the urine
- Cloudy urine
- Pain or pressure near the infection
- Suprapubic pain for a bladder infection
- Flank pain for a kidney infection
- Fevers and chills
How is a UTI diagnosed?
It is diagnosed with a urine test that looks for white blood cells and byproducts of bacteria. This should only be done if you are having other symptoms. A urine culture may also be done to determine which antibiotic is best to use.
Are there any other conditions that causes similar symptoms to a UTI?
Yes, there are other conditions that may cause some of the same symptoms as a UTI, including:
- Vaginal infections can cause burning during urination. These often occur with vaginal discharge and vaginal irritation.
- Genital herpes can cause burning with urination. This often occurs with ulcerations of the vagina and surrounding tissue.
- Overactive Bladder can cause urinary urgency, frequency, nocturia, and urge urinary incontinence.
How is a urinary tract infection treated?
For an uncomplicated UTIs, Dr. Stone will treat with an oral antibiotic. He will often do this even before a culture result is obtained if you only get occasional UTIs. However, if you get recurrent infections, or have a condition that mimics UTI symptoms such as interstitial cystitis, then he will likely wait for a urine culture result before he treats.
Dr. Stone may suggest a medication called phenoazopridine to alleviate the discomfort. This medication acts as a urinary analgesic. However, this medication does not treat the infection.
What are recurrent urinary tract infections?
Recurrent urinary tract infections are defined as 3 or more UTIs in 1 year or 2 or more UTIs in 6 months. There are several risk factors for these recurrent UTIs.
- Genetic: Tends to run in families
- Sexually active
- Diaphragm use
- Spermicide use
- Recent surgery near the bladder
How are recurrent UTIs diagnosed?
Dr. Stone will take a detailed history and perform a physical exam to look for any anatomic causes of your UTIs. Depending on this initial evaluation he may recommend a cystoscopy or further imaging.
How can I prevent recurrent UTIs?
Dr. Stone will discuss different options with you including
- Using vaginal estrogen cream
- Consuming cranberry products
- Using urine sterilizing pills such as methenamine
- Antibiotic after intercourse
- Daily antibiotic
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most insurance policies for your convenience. Please contact your insurance carrier to verify your individual benefits and any copays or coinsurance that are part of your plan. Patients are responsible for notifying our office if a specific plan requires precertification, preauthorization, or a referral (especially HMOs). Please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to verify your provider network participation as insurance carriers change policies often.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-1302
Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM
Main: (602) 788-1521
Fax: (602) 688-5420
Conveniently located just off Highway 51 on Maryland Avenue just East of 16TH Street between East Bethany Home Road and East Glendale Avenue.