Urinary Tract Infection: How to Tell If Your UTI is Minor or Severe
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, especially in women. For some people, it is a recurrent issue. While UTIs are painful, they are typically not life-threatening, especially when diagnosed and treated early. Here is some important information about UTIs so you know what to do when you have one.
What is a UTI?
For starters, what is a UTI? A urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of the urinary tract including the kidney, ureters, bladder, and urethra. A physician can determine if you or your child has a UTI and what treatment is needed.
Causes of UTIs
UTIs are caused by bacteria that enter the body via the urethra and then proceed to multiply in the bladder. When too many of these bacteria begin to thrive, an infection is born. Due to a much shorter distance between the urethra and the bladder, women suffer from UTIs much more frequently than men. If you fear that you may be suffering from a urinary tract infection, getting your urine tested is as easy as a visit to the nearest UrgentMED walk-in clinic.
Now that we have reviewed the causes of UTIs, let’s look at what symptoms you can expected when an infection strikes. The most common symptom usually experienced is that of pain, especially burning, when urinating. Other UTI symptoms include:
- Frequent Urination
- Feeling pain even when not urinating
- Dark or cloudy urine
- Urine that appears red or bright pink
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pain in the back or side
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pelvic pain
- Strong sense of urgency to urinate
Each type of infection may result in specific signs and symptoms, depending on which part of the urinary tract is infected. UTIs may be mistaken for other conditions in older adults.
See a doctor if you experience signs and symptoms of a UTI. Your healthcare provider will review your medical history and perform a physical examination. You may also be asked to provide a urine sample.
Treating a Urinary Tract Infection
If you suspect you may have a urinary tract infection, don’t delay in getting evaluated. At UrgentMED, we pride ourselves on our convenience, efficiency, and cost. We offer a plethora of other diagnostic services, including lab work, and if your urinalysis tests positive for a UTI, we can provide quick treatment to resolve the infection before it worsens. The common treatment for a UTI is an antibiotic.
For you convenience, many of the medications commonly-prescirbed by our medical team (including antibiotics) are available on-site. Your physician will also discuss preventative measures to help reduce the chances of getting UTIs.
With 17 walk-in clinics throughout southern California, we offer fast, professional service without a long wait. Our clinics have extended weekday, weeknight and weekend hours. Let us assist you with all your diagnostic testing and other clinical needs. Visit us at the location nearest to you today.