Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Treatment and Test for Urinary Track, Bladder, or Kidney Infection
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Urinary tract infections (UTI) is a catch-all for infections that can occur in the urinary tract, including the: Bladder Kidneys (sometimes called pyelonephritis) Ureters (2 tubes that take urine from the kidney to the bladder) Urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder to the outside of your body) UTIs and bladder infections (also called cystitis) can leave you feeling like you need to go to the bathroom almost constantly. They are usually not serious but can become serious if left untreated. The major symptom of a UTI is a burning or painful sensation when you urinate. Other common symptoms include: Cloudy, foul smelling, and/or bloody urine Pressure or cramping in your lower stomach or back A strong need to urinate often (even right after you have gone to the bathroom) If the infection spreads to your kidneys, you may experience: Chills, Confusion, Fatigue, High fever, Nausea, Pain in your side, back, or groin, Severe stomach pain, Vomiting How do you treat a urinary tract infection? Your healthcare provider will probably prescribe antibiotics. Symptoms generally improve within 48 hours; if they don’t, you should contact your healthcare provider. UTIs can pose more serious health problems if they spread to the kidneys, so it is important to treat them early. Using a heating pad can help relieve pain caused by a UTI. Drinking plenty of water (two to three liters daily) and urinating immediately after sex may help prevent recurring UTIs. Where should I have a UTI addressed? UTIs are generally diagnosed and treated in an urgent care or primary care clinic setting. They can also be managed at a Carbon Health pop-up clinic. Some uncomplicated cases can be managed with a virtual appointment. Patients with concerning symptoms such as abnormal vital signs, signs of kidney infection, or high-risk comorbid medical conditions may be sent to an emergency department.