What is a Urinary Tract/Bladder Infection?
Most Urinary Tract Infections occur in the lower part of the urinary tract, typically in the urethra or bladder. UTIs are caused when bacteria travel through the urethra into the bladder. Many UTIs are bladder infections, but if the infection travels to the kidney, it can become a more serious kidney infection. Urinary Tract Infections tend to be more prevalent in women but are also seen in men and children. UTI causes can include wearing tight or restrictive clothing, intercourse, or not drinking enough fluids, in addition to other factors.
Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms
Some of the more commons symptoms of a UTI may include:
- Burning with urination
- Feeling the need to urinate frequently, but passing small amounts of urine
- Cloudy or strong smelling urine
- Blood in the urine
- Pelvic or lower back pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever or chills
Symptoms may vary in severity.
UTI Diagnosis and Treatment
A doctor typically diagnoses a UTI by reviewing a patient’s medical history and analyzing a urine sample. When treated promptly, UTIs can generally be cleared with antibiotics. A physician may also prescribe medication to help with burning symptoms while the antibiotics are working. Experts recommend drinking plenty of fluids as well, to help flush bacteria out of the body. Avoiding potential irritants such as spicy food, coffee, alcohol and soft drinks can also help alleviate symptoms. Without prompt treatment, UTIs can lead to serious infections that may cause long term damage.
If you believe you may have a Urinary Tract Infection, consult a physician for prompt diagnosis and treatment. MedSpring locations are open with doctors on-site from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week. Walk ins are welcome, or call ahead to make an appointment.
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