Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care
Internal Medicine & Urgent Care located in Duarte, CA
A urinary tract infection can be painful, aggravating, and embarrassing. If you’re making frequent, painful trips to the bathroom, make an appointment with Ulin Sargeant, MD, MPH, today to learn how you can leave these symptoms. Call the staff at Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care in Duarte, California today to make an appointment, or use the online scheduling tool.
Urinary Tract Infection Q & A
What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
A urinary tract infection refers to an infection in any part of the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most infections occur in the lower urinary tract, the bladder, and the urethra. Women are at a greater risk of contracting a UTI, but they can affect anyone. Though all UTIs can cause painful and unpleasant symptoms, if the infection spreads to the kidneys, the consequences can be severe.
What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?
Not all urinary tract infections will cause symptoms, but some of the most common signs you have a UTI include:
- An urgent, persistent urge to urinate
- A burning sensation during urination
- Frequently passing small amounts of urine
- Urine that appears cloudy
- Urine that appears red, pink, or cola-colored, or the appearance of blood in your urine
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain, especially in women, usually located behind the pubic bone
UTIs are often overlooked or mistaken for other conditions, especially in older adults.
If your kidneys become infected, you’ll probably notice the above symptoms as well as a high fever, pain in your lower back, shaking, nausea, or vomiting. If you have any of the signs or symptoms of a UTI, contact Dr. Sargeant’s office as soon as possible.
How do you diagnose a UTI?
If you think you have a UTI, Dr. Sargeant will run one or more of several tests to confirm the presence of bacteria in your urinary tract. This is most commonly done by taking a sample of your urine and testing it in a lab, or with a urine culture. If you’re having recurring or frequent UTIs, a scope can be used to inspect the bladder.
How are UTIs treated?
The vast majority of UTIs are simple infections that can be treated effectively with antibiotic medication. Dr. Sargeant will recommend a medication based on your overall level of health as well as the specific type of bacteria that’s to blame for your infection. In some cases, frequent or recurring UTIs may necessitate a longer plan of medication, and in severe cases, an intravenous dose of antibiotics may be necessary.
If you’re worried you may have a UTI, call the office today to make an appointment, or schedule one online.