Every now and then, many people are going to have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Women in particular are more apt to get this infection, and some will develop this condition often. Along with it, there often comes a lot of pain. The good thing is that it is often easily cured when you see an UTI doctor.
About Urinary Tract Infection
There are two types of urinary tract infection, referred to as an upper and a lower UTI. The more common one is the lower UTI, which is an infection in the bladder or in the urethra – the tube that carries the urine out of your body. The upper UTI, which can be more serious, is an infection in your kidneys or your ureters, which are the tubes that go between your kidneys and your bladder.
The Symptoms of UTI
There are several symptoms of a UTI that are rather unique to this problem. When you have a lower UTI, you will feel that you need to pee more often, and there will usually be pain when you do. You will also likely have pain in the area of your pubic bone. Your urine may also be strong smelling, cloudy, or even bloody.
An upper UTI will reveal itself in stronger symptoms. These may include a high fever, shaking and chills, nausea, vomiting. You are also likely to have pain in your upper back and in your side, and you will not feel well.
Diagnosis of an UTI
When you go to see a UTI doctor, you will most likely be given a urine test. This really is the only way to ensure that what you are experiencing is a UTI. Other problems can produce similar symptoms, such as a yeast infection, kidney stones, interstitial cystitis, or a pelvic inflammatory disease.
The Cure for UTI
Once you go to the doctor and a UTI has been confirmed, the doctor can give you medicine for it. This is going to be an antibiotic, which is the only thing that can cure it. You will probably be given about three days’ worth of the medicine, and more if it is an upper UTI.
When to See a Doctor
In many cases, a urinary tract infection will take care of itself in a couple of days. If it does not, and you are getting worse, you will want to see a doctor. It is important to see a doctor if it does not go away because it may lead to an upper UTI, which can cause damage to your kidneys.
The existence of other health situations also requires that you see a doctor. These include pregnancy, if you have diabetes, you have a weak immune system, or if you are older than 65.
The Silver Star Urgent Care medical center has a UTI doctor that is Board-certified. No appointments are needed and doctors will see you quickly. Our hours are from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm seven days a week.