We found 3 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. Ramon Antonio Perez-Marrero, MD
Specializes in Urology
2148 Duck Slough Boulevard; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ramon Perez's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at The Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Perez focuses on men's health issues. Patient reviews placed Dr. Perez at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Perez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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, who practices in New Port Richey, FL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Dipiazza graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at the University Medical Center at Princeton and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and sexual dysfunction. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 works as an urologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Hale include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and sexual dysfunction. The average patient rating for Dr. Hale is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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.