We found 6 providers with an interest in urinary tract infection and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential near Gainesville, FL.

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Dr. Michael A Dennis Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100247
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Dennis' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Dennis average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dennis has a special interest in bladder cancer, kidney stones, and urinary tract infection (UTI). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at Shands HealthCare. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Dennis include: Florida Urological Society and Southeastern Section of the American Urological Society.. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Pelvic Problems, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Frederick Stringer, MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Stringer's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Shands HealthCare. Clinical interests for Dr. Stringer include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), cystoscopy (bladder endoscopy), and urinary tract infection (UTI). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stringer takes. Dr. Stringer has received distinctions including American Urological Association (AUA) Presidential Citation Award and American Board of Urology. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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All Interests: Cystoscopy, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Urinary Tract Infection, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Victoria Yvonne Bird, MD
Specializes in Urology
1601 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Victoria Bird's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Bird has a special interest in urge incontinence (overactive bladder), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For her residency, Dr. Bird trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bird include: Exceptional Summer Student Research Award, NINDS, NIH; Argonne National Laboratory Traveling Research Award, Chicago, IL; and Stanley Foundation: research funding award, NAMI, NIMH, NIH. Dr. Bird is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

All Interests: Urinary Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Urinary Tract ... (Read more)

Dr. Romano T De Marco, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Romano Demarco is a pediatric urologist in Gainesville, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and hypospadias. Dr. Demarco accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Demarco's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Golden Key National Honor Society; Mortar Board Honor Society; and the University of Missouri Chancellor Scholar. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypospadias, Urinary Tract Infection

Dr. Denise Constance Schain, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Denise Schain is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. Her areas of clinical interest consist of urinary tract infection (UTI), sepsis (blood poisoning), and abdominal abscess. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Schain attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Schain takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

All Interests: Sepsis, Abdominal Abscess, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Urinary Tract Infection

Dr. Shehla Peshimam Peshimam, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Shehla Islam's area of specialization is adult infectious disease. Dr. Islam has indicated that her clinical interests include pulmonary tuberculosis, urinary tract infection (UTI), and HIV/AIDS. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Islam's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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All Interests: MRSA Infection, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Urinary Tract Infection

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What is a Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection, or UTI, happens when bacteria enter the body through the opening where urine is normally released. The bacteria infect the lining of the urethra and bladder, turning them red and inflamed. This causes pain in the abdomen or pelvic area, a burning sensation during urination, a sense of urgency about going to the bathroom, frequent urination, and urine that smells bad and looks cloudy, or even contains traces of blood. If the urinary tract infection is severe, it may travel all the way to the kidneys, a more serious kind of UTI called pyelonephritis. Patients with this kidney infection might have blood in their urine, feel back pain, and develop a fever.

Urinary tract infections are extremely common: 12% of all men and 40-50% of all women will have a urinary tract infection during their lifetime. They are more common in women because women have shorter urethras, so bacteria have a shorter distance to travel from the outside of the body to the bladder and cause an infection. Some people also have urethras that are an unusual shape or have an obstruction in the urethra that makes getting a UTI more likely. Also, certain chronic illnesses like diabetes weaken the immune system, so any bacteria in the body are more likely to cause an infection.

A urinary tract infection can be diagnosed very quickly by a doctor. A sample of urine can be examined under a microscope for the presence of bacteria or white blood cells. There are also diagnostic strips that can be used to test a urine sample without the need for a microscope. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment is a course of oral antibiotics, and most patients feel better within just a few days. There are some things that patients can do themselves to help reduce the risk of getting a urinary tract infection in the future. Stay well hydrated, wipe from front to back after going to the bathroom, wear breathable cotton undergarments, and don’t hold it in when you feel the urge to go.
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