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Anthony J. Schaeffer, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology
average rating 1.42 stars (13 ratings)
675 N Saint Clair Street; Ste 20-150 Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL

Dr. Anthony Schaeffer specializes in general practice and urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Chicago, IL. He has a special interest in prostatitis (prostate inflammation), urinary tract infection (UTI), and interstitial cystitis. Dr. Schaeffer is rated 1.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Schaeffer has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Schaeffer has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

All Interests: Prostatitis, Interstitial Cystitis, Pelvic Pain, Urinary Tract Infection

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1200
Chicago, IL

Dr. Lisa Brunengraber practices general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), essure, and menopause. Dr. Brunengraber's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She trained at Duke University Medical Center for her residency. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Dr. Brunengraber welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , urinary tract infection (UTI)

All Interests: Menopause, Nexplanon, Pelvic Pain, Ovarian Disease, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hysteroscopy, ... (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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