Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections
The urinary tract includes the kidney, ureters (tubes that take urine from each kidney to the bladder), the bladder itself and the urethra, which empties the bladder of urine. Urinary tract infections (UTI) can be present anywhere along the urinary tract. UTIs may be very uncomfortable especially during urination. Prevention is fairly simple: drink plenty of water and keep the ureter area clean by wiping from front to back.
- Cloudy urine accompanied by pain in urination
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate, especially at night
- Painful ejaculation in a male
- If infection persists: fever and back or flank pain may develop
- Mental confusion in the elderly
Who is at risk?
Women and especially elderly women are at greater risk for UTI than men. This generally is due to the very short urethra in women that doesn’t provide as much of a barrier to contamination. Hygiene could be an issue with the elderly or infirm.
A urinalysis will analyze a sample of urine taken in a cup for bacteria. If the test is positive, a doctor will prescribe an antibiotic, which should alleviate the symptoms within a few days. Recurring UTIs will require stronger antibiotics. While recovering at home, drink plenty of water to flush bacteria from your urine and avoid caffeine, alcohol and citrus beverages until your infection has cleared.
Emergency Warning Signs: When should I see a doctor?
Contact a physician or proceed to an emergency department if customary symptoms are accompanied by back or side pain, chills, fever and/or vomiting.
Treatment is available now at well-key urgent care.
For more information on UTI, see the following websites:
American Academy of Family Physicians
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