(UTI) Urinary tract infection Treatment

A UTI can be very uncomfortable. We can get a same day antibiotic prescription to your local pharmacy to relieve and help conquer the infection. $40 flat.

Common UTI symptoms are:

  • Frequent urge to urinate (whether or not any urine actually comes out)
  • Painful, burning urination
  • Smelly, cloudy, or red-colored urine
  • Pain in the abdominal area, near your back or your side below the ribs
  • Fever
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Minor mental cloudiness

Same day RX can can be “called in” after a quick medical evaluation from one of our Board Certified Medical Providers. We’ll connect you with the experts.

What is a urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra. 

Bacteria multiply in the bladder and become an infection. Infections in the bladder (cystitis), kidneys (pyelonephritis), and urethra (urethritis) are all types of UTIs. Reference

 

What causes urinary tract infection?

Most UTIs are caused by E. coli (Escherichia coli), which is bacteria that lives in the lower intestines.

E coli. is normally found in the digestive system.

Because the urethra is close to the booty (formally the anus), bacteria can spread to the urethra and cause an infection.

This is why it is recommended that women wipe from front to back.  Chlamydia and mycoplasma can also cause infections in the urethra but do not spread to the bladder.

Genetics in some women may cause changes in the shape of their urinary tract and may make them more susceptible to UTIs.

Blockages from kidney stones, menopause, hormone imbalance, or recent surgeries may also increase the chances of getting a UTI. Reference, Reference

Do UTIs only occur in women?

No – Women are more prone to UTIs because the female urethra are shorter than a man’s. This makes it easier for bacteria to get into the bladder, but infections can also occur in men.

Can you get a UTI from sexual intercourse?

UTIs are not sexually transmitted diseases. However, anything that allows bacteria to come in contact with the urethra, such as thrusting from a partner or oral sex, can cause an infection. Women who are sexually active are more prone to UTIs than women who are not. Having a new sexual partner can also increase the risk. Many doctors recommend washing the genital area before sex and urinating before and after sex to avoid infection. Reference

Can you get a UTI from stress?

Stress itself does not cause UTIs – but increased anxiety and stress can cause other problems such as overactive bladder, which may be mistaken for a UTI. Reference

What are the signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

Some women are more likely to get infections due to the shape of their urinary tracts.

Women with weaker or compromised immune systems due to conditions like autoimmune disease and diabetes may be more prone to UTIs.

Some medications might cause you to get a UTI because they cause you to retain urine (this doesn’t mean you should stop taking them, just be aware of the side effects).

Common things to watch out for:

  • Burning or pain when you pee
  • A frequent urge to pee, even when only a little comes out
  • Dark or cloudy urine. You may see blood in the toilet bowel as well
  • Your pee has a strong or strange odor
  • Feeling tired
  • Fever and chills
  • Pain in the low back or abdomen

Diagnosis and Treatment for UTIs

Our Board Certified Providers will evaluate your symptoms and the history of your illness to determine if you have a UTI. A urinalysis or urine culture may need to be ordered to a lab near you so they can determine what antibiotics the infection is susceptible to. 

Antibiotics are the most common treatment for UTIs. We may also be prescribed help with symptoms like pain. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to help flush the bacteria out of your system. 

More serious or recurring infections may need to require further evaluation with an in-office evaluation or other tests like an ultrasound or CT scan.

Cranberry juice can help prevent infections but has not been proven to treat infections.

UTIs rarely lead to complications when properly treated. It’s important to seek treatment because they can be serious if left untreated.

Complications can include recurrent UTIs, kidney damage, pregnancy complications and low birth weight and premature infants, or sepsis.

Men may experience urethral narrowing. Reference, Reference