A urinary tract infection (UTI) has symptoms that appear quickly and often quite severely, putting you in a lot of discomfort and distress. Don’t wait for an appointment to receive a diagnosis and treatment, call Femme Next Generation Women’s Care in Thousand Oaks, California, for a same-day appointment. The women’s health urgent care practice can address all your concerns. The sooner you get a UTI diagnosis, the sooner you find relief. Call today for an appointment or schedule online. You can also walk-in during office hours.
A urinary tract infection or UTI is bacterial contamination of any part of your urinary tract, including the urethra, ureter, kidneys, and bladder – but the infection typically starts in your bladder or urethra.
Pelvic pain and frequent urination are two of the most common signs of a UTI. Women are highly susceptible to UTIs due to their anatomy and can even experience regular recurring UTIs.
Always seek treatment at Femme Next Generation Women’s Care when you suspect a urinary tract infection, so it doesn’t spread to your ureter and kidneys, causing further health complications.
At the onset of a UTI, you often don’t notice any symptoms. With time, however, you notice:
If untreated, a UTI can spread to your kidneys and cause fever, vomiting, nausea, and back pain. A kidney infection is serious and needs treatment right away.
An infection in your bladder, known as cystitis, or an infection in your urethra, are the most common ways UTIs form in women. Sexual intercourse can lead to cystitis. But, even if you’re careful and aren’t sexually active, infection with E. coli bacteria is possible because women have such a short distance between the urethra and the anus.
STDs can also lead to UTIs, and after menopause, a decline in estrogen causes changes in your urinary tract that makes you more susceptible to developing an infection.
UTIs are usually highly treatable with antibiotics. The type of antibiotic depends on your overall health and the severity of your symptoms. You typically get pain relief soon after taking the antibiotic. Continue the entire prescribed course, however, to eradicate the infection entirely.
For women who experience UTIs after menopause, vaginal estrogen therapy can sometimes help. All women can take steps to prevent UTIs by staying hydrated, which helps flush bacteria from the system. Also, wiping front to back after using the restroom and urinating after sexual intercourse help prevent infection.
If you have symptoms that suggest a UTI, call Femme Next Generation Women’s Care or schedule right away online. You can also walk-in for urgent care.