What is a UTI?
A UTI is a bacterial infection that occurs when bacteria invade and multiply throughout the urinary tract system, whether the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. While most urinary tract infections are not serious, they often cause severe symptoms such as pain and/or burning upon urination.
What Causes A UTI?
The most common cause of a UTI is when bacteria from the gastrointestinal tract are transferred to the reproductive system through sexual intercourse or poor hygiene. Once these bacteria enter the urethra, they travel upward, causing infection in the bladder and sometimes other parts of the urinary tract.
UTIs may cause different symptoms depending on where the infection is located, while some cases may present no symptoms. However, the most commonly associated symptoms include:
- Bladder cystitis: Inflammation and irritation of the lining of the urethra and bladder
- Pain or a burning sensation during urination
- A strong urge to urinate
- Cloudy, bad-smelling, or bloody urine
- Lower abdominal pain or pelvic pressure
- Mild fever (less than 101 F), chills, and fatigue
Treatment and Prevention of UTIs
The most typical form of treatment for UTIs is antibiotics. At MainStreet Family Care, we provide both testing and treatment for UTIs. Our UTI Testing is an in-house lab test that provides results quickly so that we can get you onto a treatment plan fast.
For frequent UTIs, your medical provider may prescribe you low-dose antibiotics for several months to reduce the frequency of infections. Severe infections may require IV antibiotics.
There are a few simple preventatives for UTIs. Best practices include:
- Cleaning genitalia frequently, especially before and after sexual intercourse.
- Urinating immediately after sexual intercourse.
- Drinking plenty of water every day.
- Urinating when feeling the urge. Holding your urine for long amounts of time can cause UTIs.
MainStreet Family Care makes UTI testing and treatment a breeze. You can quickly register online to secure a spot in line and wait from your home or car until we text you that we are ready for you. You will have 30 minutes from receiving the text message to arrive at your nearest location and check in at the front desk.
Walk-ins are welcome, but we highly recommend registering online as it reduces in-clinic wait times.