Urinary Tract Infection
Burning pain when you urinate and a sudden, urgent need for the bathroom are common symptoms of mild urinary tract infections like cystitis. Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care in White Plains, New York, offers expert primary care for these infections as well as urgent appointments for severe cases. To discuss your symptoms or schedule a consultation, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or book an appointment online today. Telemedicine visits are available.
Urinary Tract Infection Q & A
A UTI (urinary tract infection) develops when bacteria infect your urethra and/or bladder. It’s a common problem seen frequently in primary care settings.
The bacteria enter your body through your urethra, traveling up to your bladder, and, in some cases, all the way to your kidneys. If you develop a kidney infection (pyelonephritis), you could be in a lot of pain and become very sick.
If you do have a kidney infection, you can get urgent attention at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care. Fortunately, most urinary tract infections don’t reach this stage, but they can still be painful, uncomfortable, and inconvenient.
A urinary tract infection develops when bacteria get into your urethra, so personal hygiene is important in preventing infection. That doesn’t mean you have poor personal hygiene if you get a UTI, though – having sex is also a frequent cause because bacteria from your partner’s genitals, fingers, or mouth can enter your urethra.
Urinary tract infections typically affect women more than men because it’s easier for bacteria to access the female urethra. UTIs are also more likely to affect older people, those who have diabetes, and people who are obese.
Not drinking enough water is also a risk factor.
If something is blocking the flow of urine from your bladder, that can increase your risk of infection too. Examples include stones in your ureters, bladder, or kidneys, and abnormalities in your urinary tract.
One of the most common symptoms of a UTI is the sudden need to urinate, which can result in urge incontinence (passing urine before you get to the bathroom). Other symptoms include:
- Frequent urination
- Sharp pain during urination
- Burning feeling when urinating
- Soreness in your lower abdomen
- Tender back or sides
- Cloudy urine
- Strong or foul-smelling urine
- Blood in your urine
If you have urinary tract infection symptoms, your provider at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care can perform an in-office urinalysis test.
Urinary tract infections are bacterial, so antibiotics are typically the most effective treatment. Remember to always complete the entire course of antibiotics even if you begin to feel much better.
If you develop a kidney infection, you might need hospital treatment, including intravenous medication, depending on how severe an infection you have.
Urinary tract infections are generally an uncomfortable nuisance rather than a major cause for concern, as long as you receive treatment to prevent complications like a kidney infection.
If you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care today or book an appointment online.