Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
UTI is a very common type of infection of the urinary system with symptoms like lower back pain and discomfort.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult with our board-certified provider at any of our UrgentWay locations.
What is a UTI?
UTI, also known as urinary tract infection, is a very common type of infection of the urinary system. A UTI can affect any part of your urethra, ureters, bladder, and kidneys. Symptoms usually include the need to urinate often, discomfort when urinating, and pain in the sides or lower back.
Our experienced healthcare providers will discuss your diagnosis, provide UTI treatment, and counsel you on preventative care and healthy choices.
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Are UTIs common?
Statistics indicate that 1 in 5 women experience UTIs at some point in their lives. Although UTIs are common in women, they can also occur in men, older adults, and children. Between one and two percent of children develop UTIs. Every year, between 8 and 10 million visits to a doctor are for UTI treatment.
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When should I visit an UrgentWay walk-in clinic for my UTI treatment/kidney infection treatment?
If you’re experiencing any pain, burning sensation, and discomfort from a UTI, then please do not wait because this may progress into a Kidney Infection or worse. Speak to our team at UrgentWay Walk-in Clinic immediately by calling one of our 4 locations or booking an appointment online.
What is the urinary tract?
The body’s liquid waste product is produced and stored within the urinary tract. The urinary tract consists of the following parts:
- Kidneys: These two organs are located at the back of your body, just above your left and right hip. They are your body’s filters: they remove waste and water from your blood. This waste becomes urine.
- Ureters: Thin tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder
- Bladder: A sac-like container, the bladder stores urine before it leaves the body
- Urethra: A tube that transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body
What causes a UTI?
Urinary tract infections are caused by microorganisms, usually, bacteria, that enter the urethra and bladder, causing an infection. Although a UTI most commonly occurs in the urethra and bladder, bacteria can also travel up the ureters and infect the kidneys. If left untreated for prolonged periods of time, the infection may even enter your bloodstream and spread throughout the entire body.
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
The symptoms of a UTI can include:
- A burning sensation when you urinate
- A frequent or intense urge to urinate, but very little comes out when you try
- Bloody, Cloudy, dark, or strange-smelling urine
- Feeling tired or shaky
- Fever or chills
- Back pain or lower abdominal pain
Types of UTIs
UTIs can happen in different regions of your urinary tract. The infection name depends on the location.
- Cystitis (Bladder Infection): You may feel like you need to urinate a lot, or it might hurt when you pee. You might also have lower abdominal pain and bloody or cloudy urine.
- Pyelonephritis (Kidney Infection): Pain in your upper back or side accompanied by chills or fever, vomiting, and nausea.
- Urethritis (Urethra Infection): This can cause a discharge and burning when you pee.
Do I need to see a UTI specialist? If yes, is there a UTI specialist available at UrgentWay?
No, because there is no such thing as a UTI specialist. Since UTIs are a very common disease they can be diagnosed by most healthcare workers. Thus it is important that you see our team of experienced Providers at UrgentWay Walk-in Clinics for any and all UTI diagnoses and treatments.
What should I expect during my first visit?
During your UTI appointment, our healthcare providers at UrgentWay Walk-in Clinics will examine you for signs and symptoms of UTI and take a sample of your urine to detect the type of bacteria involved. Depending on your reports, you are given an antibiotic course to treat that specific type of bacteria.
Can my UTI be treated at home?
Yes, initially once you have visited an UrgentWay Walk-in Clinic and been diagnosed with a UTI. You will then follow your prescribed antibiotic regimen and be advised to drink lots of water. It’s very important to note that even once you start feeling better, you must still finish the full course of your prescribed antibiotics so that your UTI is fully treated.
Food, diet, and nutrition
Experts do not believe that food, diet, and nutrition play a role in preventing or treating UTIs. If you have any type of UTI, then talk to a health professional about how much you should drink each day to help prevent or relieve your infection.
Important Facts & FAQs
Why Are UTIs More Common In Women Than Men?
Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract through the urethra. Women get these infections more often than men because the urethra in women is significantly shorter than in men, approximately 1.5 inches for women and 8 inches for men.
If I’m Pregnant, Then Is It Safe For Me To Take Antibiotics For My UTI?
Urinary tract infections are fairly common in pregnant women. Urinary tract infections should be treated during pregnancy to prevent complications for both mother and baby. There are several antibiotics available that are considered safe during pregnancy.
Can UTIs Occur In Young Children?
Younger children may not be able to tell you about the UTI symptoms they are having. Although fever is the most common sign of a UTI in infants and young children, most children with a fever do not have a UTI. If you are concerned that your child may have a UTI, talk to a health professional.
Are UTIs And Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) The Same Thing?
No. Although UTIs commonly develop within 24 hours of sexual intercourse, they are not sexually transmitted. The bacteria that cause UTIs are not “trapped” during intercourse. Instead, the friction associated with sexual activity helps these bacteria move out of the vagina and up the urethra. This is the reason why urinary infections are often associated with sexual intercourse.
Can A UTI Cause Bladder Cancer?
Bladder cancer and urinary tract infections can have similar symptoms, but urinary tract infections do not cause bladder cancer. Frequent urination, blood in the urine, and painful urination can indicate either condition. If you have urinary symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the cause of your symptoms and receive appropriate UTI treatment.
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