Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are usually caused by the invasion of harmful bacteria into the urinary tract, which includes the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. The infection typically occurs when bacteria from the rectal area enter the urethra and travel upwards. The most common agent is Escherichia Coli (E. coli), a bacteria that naturally resides in the digestive tract but can cause infection when it enters the urinary system.
This infection often causes pain while urinating and pressure in the abdominal area. It is crucial to receive medical care promptly since leaving UTI untreated could lead to more severe complications.
At Carolina Urgent Care, we offer a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of UTIs. Reach out to us or visit our walk-in clinic for more information.
There are several factors that could increase the risk of developing UTIs:
- Gender: Women are more prone to UTIs due to their shorter urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder.
- Sexual Activity: Having sexual intercourse can introduce bacteria into the urethra, increasing the risk of infection.
- Menopause: Changes in the vaginal pH and tissue after menopause can make UTIs more common.
- Urinary Tract Abnormalities: Structural abnormalities in the urinary tract can hinder urine flow, making infections more likely.
- Urinary Retention: Incomplete emptying of the bladder can lead to bacterial growth.
- Suppressed Immune System: Conditions or medications that weaken the immune system can increase infection susceptibility.
- Diabetes: Elevated blood sugar levels can promote bacterial growth in the urinary tract.
- Dehydration: Insufficient fluid intake can reduce the body's ability to flush out bacteria.
Some of the most common signs of UTI include:
- Frequent Urination: An increased urge to urinate, even if only small amounts of urine are passed.
- Burning Sensation: Pain or burning sensation during urination.
- Cloudy or Bloody Urine: Urine that appears cloudy, bloody, or has an unusually strong odor.
- Lower Abdominal Discomfort: Pain or pressure in the lower abdomen or pelvic region.
- Urgency: Feeling the need to urinate urgently.
- Pain or Pressure in the Back or Side: If the infection has reached the kidneys, it can cause pain or pressure in the back or side.
Getting prompt medical care for UTIs is crucial to prevent serious complications. If left untreated, an urinary tract infection could lead to the development of kidney stones, sepsis, or scarring in the urethra.
The symptoms that may arise due to the progression of infection include increased pain when urinating, discomfort during sexual activity, and an overall toll on your well-being.
Treating UTIs with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor can help manage the symptoms and prevent these complications. Drinking plenty of water, urinating regularly, and practicing good hygiene can also help prevent UTIs.
If you have UTI-related symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment and maintain your health and well-being.
While testing for UTI, our doctors will ask about your medical history, sexual life, general habits, and family history. Knowing more about your lifestyle will help us guide you through your testing process.
Your doctor will then continue to physically examine your lower abdomen and pelvis. Urine tests and imaging may be needed to perform an accurate diagnosis. These are done on-site at our facility, reducing the need for extra appointments.
Your results may be available within an hour or less, depending on your case. Once your doctor has analyzed them, they will guide you through the next steps.
When the results of your tests are available, our team will guide you through the ideal treatment options for your specific case. This usually involves using antibiotics for bacterial infections.
Follow-up visits are crucial to monitor your treatment progress and ensure complete recovery. We have an active support system for all our patients. Don’t hesitate to perform your tests with us and ask for help by calling us or visiting our walk-in clinic.
Our team at Carolina Urgent Care offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for UTIs, STDs, and STIs. We always prioritize your comfort and the complete confidentiality of the process.
Rest assured that your health will be handled with ultimate care and rigor. We focus on offering a comprehensive approach to medical care, including testing, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up services, providing you with complete continuity of care.