A urinary tract infection can stop you in your tracks and change an otherwise normal day. At Alamo City Urgent Care, LLC, you have access to a team of skilled professionals who can quickly diagnose and treat a urinary tract infection, getting you back to a pain-free day in San Antonio, Texas. Don’t let a UTI put you on the sidelines when effective treatment is just a quick appointment away! Call Alamo City Urgent Care, LLC today to set up an appointment.
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a microbial infection in your kidneys, bladder, ureters or urethra. Your kidneys and ureters comprise the upper portion of your urinary tract, and your bladder and urethra make up your lower urinary tract.
Urinary tract infections are among the most common types of infections. According to data collected by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, as many as 8.1 million annual doctor visits are due to UTIs.
Bacteria that enter your urinary tract cause UTIs. Most often, that bacteria originate in your bowel.
When you urinate, your urine stream flushes bacteria from your body, preventing infection by impeding bacteria from reaching your bladder. Even if the bacteria does enter your urinary system, your body can often fight it off before it multiplies to the level where symptoms begin.
One of the primary causes of UTI is when bacteria from your bowel is transferred to the urethra by improper hygiene habits, specifically (in females) by wiping from back to front after bowel movements. Women are far more likely than men to suffer from UTIs simply because their urethra and anus are located closer together.
Women can also develop a UTI due to hormonal changes from pregnancy, menopause, or starting a new form of birth control.
Some UTIs are impossible to prevent, but you can establish good habits to reduce your risk:
UTIs are uncomfortable and inconvenient but can clear up within a few days of receiving treatment. Diagnosis is usually accomplished through an evaluation of your symptoms and, in some cases, X-ray imaging.
Treatment consists of antibiotic or antimicrobial medication. Once you receive your prescription, it’s critical to complete the entire course of medication exactly as advised. Otherwise, the bacteria can multiply, and your infection could worsen instead of improve.
If you experience pain or any other symptoms of a urinary tract infection, visit Alamo City Urgent Care, LLC right away to begin a treatment path. This practice offers in-office X-rays.