Urinrary Tract Infections In Urgent Care Centers


 Urinary Tract Infection or UTI:

Urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria enter body’s urinary tract.  Urinary tract consists of Kidneys, Bladder, Ureters (the tubes that connect the kidney to the bladder), and Urethra (the tube that carries the urine to the outside).  Majority of urinary tract infections occur in the bladder but they can also occur in the kidneys or anywhere else along the urinary tract.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infections:

Bacteria typically get into the urinary tract through the urethra, the tube that connects the bladder to the outside.  These bacteria that get into the urethra are typically the same bacteria found in the stool. Once they enter the urinary tract through the urethra, they can travel up to the bladder and even all the way up to the kidneys. For most people symptoms start once the bacteria are in the bladders.  For others, they may not feel any symptoms until the bacteria have travelled all the way up to the kidneys.

Women usually get more bladder infections than men and this is because the length of the urethra is shorter in women than in men and the bacteria have to travel a shorter distance to get to the bladder.

Some of the common things that predispose people to getting urinary tract infections are:

  • Having sex
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Being a Diabetic
  • Being Pregnant (Women)
  • Having an Enlarged Prostate (Men)
  • Having Kidney Stones

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections:

Some of the symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections are the following:

  • Burning during urination
  • Pain during urination
  • Having the urge to urinate frequently
  • Urine that is cloudy
  • Urine that has a bad odor
  • Fever
  • Feeling nauseated or even vomiting
  • Pain in the lower abdomen area
  • Pain in the flank (side) area of      abdomen

 This Is What You Should Do:

If you think you have a urinary tract infection and are having any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away.  If you are unable to reach your doctor then go to the nearest Urgent Care Center or Emergency Room to be seen and evaluated. Your urine will be checked and cultured for any possible infections and if needed, appropriate antibiotics therapy will be started.

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