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 specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Perez (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He has indicated that his clinical interests include men's health issues. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Perez's 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. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 works as an urologist in New Port Richey, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Dipiazza include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), sexual dysfunction, and biopsy. Dr. Dipiazza's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at the University Medical Center at Princeton and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hale's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), sexual dysfunction, and biopsy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Hale's 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.
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