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An Overview of Common Urinary Tract Conditions

July 16, 2013

Twice named to PharmaVOICE’s Top 100 Most Inspiring People list, Terry Herring possesses over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. During his career, Terry Herring has overseen the development of several therapies for urinary tract conditions.

The most common urinary tract conditions are urinary tract infections (UTI) and interstitial cystitis (IC), often known as painful bladder syndrome. These conditions affect women significantly more often than men or children.

Produced by an overgrowth of bacteria, UTIs are usually acute infections that arise in any area of the urinary system, including the kidneys, urethra, and bladder. In contrast, IC is a chronic condition that causes bladder or pelvic pain. Both UTIs and IC can lead to persistent, excessive, and even painful urination.

There are a number of different treatments for urinary tract conditions. Antibiotics are most often prescribed for UTIs. Doctors may also recommend common pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs to ease common symptoms. Uribel, a multi-ingredient medication that addresses a variety of symptoms at once, may be used as well. In some serious cases of IC, nerve stimulation procedures, such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), may be appropriate.

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