HPV vaccine: 9 frequently asked questions in my Urology practice

HPV Vaccine is important since it is protective against a very common viral infection transmitted through sexual intercourse. HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus, highly prevalent in the healthy, sexually active population. We can estimate that at least 50% of these people get the infection during their lives. As a result, the immune system produces […]

Dimethyl Sulfoxide to treat Interstitial Cystitis / Bladder Pain Syndrome

Dimethyl Sulfoxide is a drug in which the 50% solution (Rimso 50®) is instilled in the bladder to treat Interstitial Cystitis / Bladder Pain Syndrome. American FDA approved this treatment in 1978 in the USA, and the American Urological Association Guideline recommends it for IC/BPS as a second-line treatment. Who can have this treatment? Patients […]

Genital Herpes: 10 frequently asked questions

What is Herpes? We commonly call Genital Herpes (or HSV, standing for Herpes Simplex Virus), the contagious disease that may affect the genital area. However, Herpes Simplex is the name given to the virus which causes the infection. We know two Herpes Simplex Virus species that can infect humans. Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 […]

3 lifestyle tips for preventing kidney stones

Preventing kidney stones starts with knowing the conditions (risk factors), increasing the likelihood of having this painful experience (renal colic). If you recognize yourself in one of these risk factors, you might be at risk for kidney stones, and you should follow the prevention recommendations. Who is at risk for kidney stones? Not all people […]

Interstitial Cystitis diet

Interstitial cystitis diet may prevent symptoms flare in patients with bladder pain syndrome. We observed a close relationship between diet and IC/BPS. In most patients, some foods may act as symptoms trigger. Before planning a friendly diet, we must rule out any food allergy or intolerance (gluten, lactose). However, even in not allergic patients, certain […]

Feeling like you have to pee right after you pee

“Feeling like you have to pee right after you pee” is also called frequent urination or pollakiuria. A frequent patient complaint regarding this topic is: “is it normal to pee every 2 hours?”. The averagebladder usually fills up until 300-400 ml before feeling the urge to visit the bathroom. While it is normal to urinate […]

How to deal with renal colic in 2 steps

Renal colic starts as a middle back-sided pain radiating through the flank, inguinal area and scrotum (labia majora in females). The pain is acute, sudden and with variable intensity. You will not find a position in which you feel less pain. It is a situation that requires immediate pain treatment and intravenous painkiller infusion. Sudden […]

Weight-loss Surgery and Erectile Dysfunction

One of the first recommendations to an obese patient coming to my office complaining about Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is to lose weight. No matter how to get it done. There is strong scientific support for significant improvement of ED in those patients that normalize their body weight and then their BMI (Body Mass Index). However, […]

High Uric Acid: Easy Healthy Diet For A Safe Lifestyle

Uric Acid is a byproduct of the metabolism of purines that are found in many food items. After digestion, the uric acid is released in the blood and eliminated in the urine through kidney filtration. When the dietary intake of food containing purines is higher (excessive diet intake), or the filtration capacity of the kidneys […]

How to prevent UTI: what women have to know

Recurrent UTI (or cystitis) might be so negatively impacting the quality of life. In some cases, these unlucky female patients need to be treated with multiple courses of antibiotics. To prevent UTI is possible by following some simple tricks: 1. Reduce the bacterial count in the area around the anus after bowel movements Use a […]