Himansh Khanna, MD, FACS
Urologist located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
As a leading urologist in the Greater New York City area, Dr. Khanna uses advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques to help men and women with both chronic and acute urinary tract infections (UTIs) to prevent more serious damage to the kidneys.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) Q&A
What causes urinary tract infections?
UTIs are the second most common infection in the U.S., affecting more than 8 million people a year. They're most commonly caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract, causing infection, irritation and inflammation. Less commonly, they can be caused by fungal or viral infections. Usually, the body's natural defense systems can remove these pathogens before they cause complications. But sometimes, especially if the population of germs is high, the natural defense system can be overwhelmed and an infection can occur. UTIs can occur anywhere in the urinary tract, and if left untreated, they can migrate to the kidneys and cause serious damage. Some people have recurrent infections. In men, recurrent infections can occur when bacteria hide in the prostate. Women, though, are far more likely to have recurring infections. A few people may have infections because of other medical conditions or defects in the structure of their urinary tract.
How can I tell if I have a urinary tract infection?
Most UTIs cause symptoms like:
burning or pain when urinating
frequent – sometimes almost constant – urge to urinate
inability to fully empty the bladder
blood in the urine
urine that appears cloudy or has a strong odor
fever, muscle aches and abdominal pain
How are UTIs treated?
Most UTIS are effectively treated with a course of antibiotics, but when an underlying condition is present, other types of treatment may be needed, including surgery to correct structural defects.
Can I do anything to prevent UTIs?
Drinking lots of fluids is the best way to prevent a UTI by flushing germs out of your urinary tract. If you have a kidney problem, be sure to talk to you doctor about how much water you should drink to avoid overloading the kidneys.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most major insurance providers. If you have any questions, please call our office and we will be happy to assist you!
Words from our patients
"Dr. Khanna was really helpful. He was knowledgeable and professional. He also took time to listen and then answer. It was a very helpful second opinion."
"I highly recommend Dr. Khanna since my kidney stone procedure. He's professional, knowledgeable, and approachable."
"I finally found a doctor willing to take the time to explain the problem and treatment. He communicated effectively, was very professional, and considerate."