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. Ramon A Perez-Marrero, MD
Specializes in Urology
2148 Duck Slough Boulevard; Suite 103
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ramon Perez-Marrero, who practices in New Port Richey, FL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Perez-Marrero include bladder cancer, cryotherapy, and adrenal cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at The Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Perez-Marrero (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Men's Health Issues, Incontinence, Bladder Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. David J Dipiazza, MD
Specializes in Urology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
2148 Duck Slough Boulevard; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. David Dipiazza's specialties are urology (urinary tract disease) and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Dipiazza's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, rectocele (posterior prolapse), and cystocele (bladder prolapse). 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. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Dipiazza speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Cryosurgery, Incontinence, Urinary Tract Obstruction, Rectal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Brian Hale is an urologist in Palm Harbor, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Hale include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

All Interests: Cystocele, Cryosurgery, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser Surgery, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael J Szostak, MD
Specializes in Urology
2044 Trinity Boulevard; Suite 225
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Michael Szostak specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Szostak is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Szostak include kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and robotic prostatectomy. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Incontinence, Robotic Prostatectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Urinary Tract ... (Read more)

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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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