Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Specialist

Julia Chowdhury, MD, FACOG -  - Board Certified OB/GYN

Center for Women's Healthcare

Julia Chowdhury, MD, FACOG

Board Certified OB/GYN located in Plano, TX

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, can be extremely painful, inconvenient and, if not promptly treated, lead to serious complications. A top OB/GYN located in Plano, TX, Dr. Chowdhury, MD has extensive experience in diagnosing UTIs and providing UTI treatment for women throughout the greater Dallas area.

UTI Q & A

What is a UTI?


A UTI is an infection that occurs in any part of the urinary tract, which makes and stores urine. The urinary track is composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most UTIs are caused by bacteria entering through the urethra and affect only the urethra and bladder, both which are located in the lower portion of the urinary tract. However, if not treated promptly, the infection can spread to the ureters and into the kidneys, causing a more serious infection, called pyelonephritis.


What are the symptoms of a UTI?


Symptoms most commonly include:

  • The frequent and urgent need to urinate
  • A burning sensation during urination
  • The passing of small amounts of urine
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Blood in the urine, low back pain, a high fever, and chills, are all signs that a UTI has progressed to the kidneys. Patients experiencing these symptoms should immediately call Dr. Chowdhury at 972-985-0400.


How are UTIs treated?


The first-line of treatment is a course of antibiotics, which usually alleviates symptoms within a few days. However, the course of antibiotics is usually prescribed for 7-14 days. It’s important to finish the prescribed course to ensure that the UTI is fully cured. Drinking lots of water – six to eight glasses a day – can also help, by flushing out the bacteria. Patients should avoid coffee and other caffeinated products, alcohol and soft drinks while they have a UTI, as these can further irritate the bladder. Occasionally, UTIs are so severe that antibiotics need to be administered intravenously in a hospital.


What is a chronic UTI?


Chronic UTIs are infections that don’t respond to usual antibiotic treatment or frequently recur. Treatment may involve low-dose antibiotics for an additional week after symptoms subside. Sometimes antibiotics are prescribed as routine after intercourse. Dr. Chowdhury closes monitors patients who suffer chronic UTIs to develop an individualized treatment and prevention plan.




Insurance Information

We accept most major insurances but please note, we do NOT accept the following: Medicaid, Medicare, Molina, Amerigroup, Superior Health, CHIP Perinate, or Parkland

If you have any questions regarding insurance benefits, please give our office a call.

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