When bacteria enter your urine and travel up to your bladder, you can develop a urinary tract infection. This painful condition causes over 8.1 million visits to primary care doctors each year. Women can be at a greater risk for developing a urinary tract infection than men. Urinary tract infections (UTI) treatment can help you find relief from the painful symptoms you can experience.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections
Symptoms of urinary tract infections may include a strong urge to urinate and burning sensation while urinating. You may also experience pelvic pain and urine that is cloudy, colored or foul-smelling. Individuals with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, stroke, kidney stones or a spinal cord injury may be at greater risk.
Causes of Urinary Tract Infections
The most common cause for a urinary tract infection is bacteria. The reason women get infections more often may be due to a shorter urethra. If a woman wipes from back to front after urination, fecal matter with bacteria can enter and travel up into the urethra.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections
A urinary tract infection can be diagnosed by your primary care doctor through a physical examination and a urine sample. For repeated bladder infections, imaging tests may be necessary to examine your urinary tract for kidney stones or structural issues. If testing results determine the infection is caused by bacteria, antibiotics may be the recommended form of treatment.
Men may need longer treatment with antibiotics because bacteria can hide deep within prostate tissue. It is strongly recommended to take the entire antibiotic treatment as instructed by your primary care doctor. Pain medications may also be prescribed for any discomfort. Drinking plenty of water and using warm compresses may also provide relief.
Beverly Hills Urinary Tract Infections Treatment
If you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI, it is vital that you get prompt medical care. Dr. Daniel Benhuri offers comprehensive urinary tract infections (UTI) treatment personalized for each patient. New patients may visit the Beverly Hills clinic on a walk-in or appointment basis. Most insurance plans are accepted. For urgent care treatment, evening and weekend hours are available. Schedule an appointment today.