What is a Urinary Tract Infection?
Urinary tract infections are one of the most common types of infections, and occur more frequently in women than men. These infections occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract, which can include the kidneys, bladder, and tubes that run between them.
Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Pain or burning when urinating
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Abdominal pains
What Causes a Urinary Tract Infection?
Most urinary tract infections are caused by the bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. coli), which is found in the digestive system. While both men and women of any age can develop a UTI, there are some people who have a higher risk than others. Factors such as frequent sexual intercourse, diabetes, poor personal hygiene, pregnancy, menopause, and a suppressed immune system can all cause an individual to develop a UTI more often.
Urinary Tract Infection Treatment
At Ultra Med Urgent Care, we offer RAPID in-house testing to detect UTIs without a referral, so you can start feeling better as soon as possible! Because urinary tract infections are usually caused by bacteria, antibiotics are often prescribed to treat them. The type of antibiotic and the length of treatment will depend on your individual case and medical history. It is important that patients finish the entire dose of prescribed medication to be sure that the infection is completely cleared. Drinking fluids can help to flush out bacteria in the urinary tract, and pain medications can help to alleviate any discomfort.
If you live in the Skokie or Evanston, Illinois areas and are suffering from signs of a urinary tract infection, contact Ultra Med Urgent Care as soon as possible. UTIs that are left untreated can often progress into dangerous conditions. Our skilled and compassionate staff will work quickly to create an individualized treatment plan for you.