What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection, or a UTI, is an infection that happens anywhere along the urinary tract. A UTI can also be called a kidney infection, which is an infection of one or both kidneys.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infections

Typically, Urinary tract infections are caused by germs, bacteria that enters the urethra and then into the bladder. Most of the time, your body is able to get rid of these bacteria.

The following can increase your chances of developing a UTI:

  • Diabetes
  • Problems emptying your bladder
  • Urinary catheters
  • Kidney stones
  • Pregnancy
  • Dehydration
  • New sexual partners

How do I treat a Urinary Tract Infection?

Our Urgent Care will determine whether you have a mild or simple bladder infection, kidney infection, or an infection that is more serious.

Antibiotics taken by mouth are commonly recommended to keep the infection from spreading to the kidneys. Pain medication may be recommended to relieve the burning pain and urgent need to urinate, both of which are also symptoms of a UTI or kidney infection.

A urine sample is usually collected and tests are performed to determine treatment. These tests can include urinalysis, a urine culture, blood test, CT scan of the abdomen, kidney scan, or kidney ultrasound.

What are some Signs & Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections?

Signs & Symptoms of a bladder infection include:

  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Mild to low fever
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Lower to middle back pain
  • Abdomen pain

How can I prevent Urinary Tract Infections?

  • Take showers – avoid baths and bath oils
  • Keep genital area clean, clean your genital and anal areas before and after sexual activity
  • Wipe from front to back after using the restroom
  • Wear cotton-cloth underwear
  • Drink plenty of fluids