What is a UTI?

If you’ve experienced sudden changes to your bladder functions, a urinary tract infection (UTI) may be to blame. UTIs are infections of any part of the urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

Changes to urinary functions can be quite alarming. When it comes to UTIs, it’s good to know what to look out for. Symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination of small amounts
  • Strong urge to urinate
  • Cloudy urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Pelvic pain
  • Burning during urination

Although these symptoms are quite common in many other conditions, not all UTIs result in symptoms. In older adults, UTIs are often mistaken for other conditions like incontinence and enlarged prostate.

How are UTIs diagnosed?

Your Quick Doc provider performs several evaluations to accurately diagnose your condition. You’ll begin with a discussion of your signs and symptoms, as well as a physical exam.

The most common test used to confirm UTIs is a urinalysis. Your provider uses a sample of your urine to test for signs of infection. Once your condition is diagnosed, you can begin treatment to experience relief as soon as possible.

How are UTIs treated?

Common UTIs are effectively treated using antibiotics. Your Quick Doc provider determines the right antibiotic for you based on your symptoms, medical history, and the type of bacteria found in your urine. Although antibiotics are effective at treating UTIs, they aren’t always the best option, especially if you experience frequent infections.

If you experience frequent or recurring UTIs, there are several options for treatment, including:

  • Low-dose antibiotics
  • Vaginal estrogen therapy
  • Preventive antibiotics

The Quick Doc team also guides patients in at-home diagnosis and treatment, as well as steps you can take to prevent future infection.

How can I prevent UTIs?

You can prevent UTIs by staying properly hydrated and practicing good sexual hygiene. Drinking plenty of water allows you to frequently clear your bladder, flushing out infection-causing bacteria. Using a protective barrier, like a condom, and urinating immediately after sex can help you avoid infection through sexual activity.

You should also avoid holding your urine too long, as this promotes the growth of bacteria and can lead to infection.

To learn more about ways to treat and prevent urinary tract infections, book an appointment at Quick Doc by phone today.

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