Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Urinary tract infections, or “UTIs,” are infections that involve any of the structures of the urinary system –the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, or urethra.
Bladder infection Symptoms
- persistent urge to urinate
- pain or burning while urinating
- cloudy, discolored, or foul-smelling urine
- pelvic pain
Kidney Infection Symptoms
- nausea or vomiting
- low back (flank) pain
Most UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and colonize the bladder. Some risk factors for this include:
- female anatomy
- sexual activity
- prostate enlargement
- urinary tract catheterization
Confirmed cases of urinary infections are typically treated with antibiotics. Different types of UTIs (bladder infections, kidney infections, etc.) are treated with different antibiotic regimens. Specific bladder pain medications are also commonly recommended to reduce the discomfort associated with UTIs.
Whether you need an evaluation for your first UTI, treatment for a kidney infection, or a regimen for UTI prevention, the providers at Michigan Avenue Immediate Care can help. Walk in or reserve your appointment time now.
True Emergency? For true life-threatening emergencies, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or severe abdominal pain, you should go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.