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We found 4 providers with an interest in urinary tract infection and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare near New Port Richey, FL.

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Dr. Leoncio Francisco Espiritu, MD
Specializes in Urology
5305 Gulf Drive; Suite 4
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Leon Espiritu is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School and the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and a graduate of Rhode Island Hospital's residency program. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Espiritu accepts.

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Dr. Ramon Antonio Perez-Marrero, MD
Specializes in Urology
2148 Duck Slough Boulevard; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ramon Perez is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Perez attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital for residency. In his practice, Dr. Perez focuses on men's health issues. The average patient rating for Dr. Perez is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Perez (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

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Dr. David Jerome Dipiazza, MD
Specializes in Urology
2148 Duck Slough Boulevard; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. David Dipiazza sees patients in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and performed his residency at the University Medical Center at Princeton and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), pelvic reconstructive surgery, and cryotherapy. Dr. Dipiazza takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

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Dr. Brian Douglas Hale, MD
Specializes in Urology
2148 Duck Slough Boulevard; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Brian Hale specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Hale's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hale completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

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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.