Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are often caused by an infection from a microbe (typically bacteria) and are one of the most common types of infections. The infection can effect many areas of the urinary tract, including the urethra, ureters, bladder and can become more severe if it reaches the kidneys. Our doctors commonly prescribe antibiotics to treat UTIs.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections in women, with 40% developing a UTI during their lifetime. A UTI is an infection of the urinary tract that causes pain and discomfort, often resulting in an increase in visits to the bathroom and darker urine. Getting treatment as soon as possible is important as the infection can travel to the kidneys and become more severe.
What Causes a Urinary Tract Infection?
A UTI is usually caused by a microorganism, typically bacteria, that enters the urethra and bladder. The infection can affect the urinary tract, ureters, bladder, urethra, and reach the kidneys if left untreated.
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection
Often, a common first sign of a urinary tract infection is an intense and frequent urge to urinate with little coming out. When you can urinate, you may notice that your urine is darker, cloudy, bloody, or has a strange smell out of the ordinary. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- High temperature
- Lower stomach pain or pain in your back
- Feeling hot and shivery
Urinary Tract Infection Treatment
It’s important to speak with a medical professional if you think you have a urinary tract infection to stop the infection from spreading further. Fortunately, most UTIs respond well to antibiotics. By answering a few quick questions, you can speak with one of our compassionate doctors, who will discuss your treatment and arrange a prescription if necessary so that you can get better in no time.