Do I have a serious UTI problem?
Q: I am 37 years old suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI). Till eight days back I used to get a severe burning sensation before, during, and after urinating, and my urine had blood and some tissue in it. I took Macrobid, and for the first three days I felt good. But then if I don't drink enough water the burning sensation comes back, and lasts till the time I urinate. Now I have increased my fluid intake and have been drinking 100% pure cranberry juice. Is my problem serious?
A:It is not uncommon to have urinary tract infections once or twice in a year during the reproductive age group. During this age, such episodes are invariably associated with sexual activity. Usual precautions that I can advise you are as follows: