Local doctors say summertime is play time and it's affecting what they're treating

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By Melanie Lawson - The Morning Show anchor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - Doctors are treating more sexual transmitted diseases and also make sure you're drinking plenty of water it can lead to dehydration and also bladder infections.  In Duval County the CareSpot on Southside Boulevard is treating sinus infections.  They say if in three days your symptoms don't improve with over the counter medication see your doctor. Some of the symptoms are a stuffy nose, ear pain or sore throat.

Doctors at Healing Arts Urgent Care in St. Johns County are treating more Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  They said summertime is playtime and they're seeing the effects of risky behavior.

Urinary tract infections are not sexually transmitted disease but they do always go around more frequently in the summer.  They can be avoided by making some simple changes.  First, doctors say make sure you take off your wet bathing suit and drink plenty of water.  Urinary Tract Infections are caused by bacteria and if you're flushing your body out frequently you're less likely to have problems.  I talked with Dr. Vandana Bhide with Mayo Clinic about how to avoid a bladder infection.

"You empty your bladder if there is bacteria there especially in women it can be men and woman but especially in women usually the infections are caused by organisms that are in your colon and they can go from your colon into the baldder so if you drink lots of water and empty your bladder frequently it can prevent infections, Bhide."

Symptoms to look out for are burning when you urinate and feeling like you need to empty your bladder frequently but then when you go nothing really comes out.  If you do get an UTI  you need to visit the doctor so they can check your urine
They can quickly treat it with a dose of antibiotics.  Dr. Bhide pointed out there are some small studies that found cranberry juice brings relief for women who are prone to bladder infections but you just have to drink large amounts of the juice for it to work.  Bhide said the acid can keep the bacteria from sticking in the urinary tract

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