UTI Treatment Clinic Q&A
Urinary tract infections (or UTIs) are incredibly common and painful. Our professionals at Express Health specialize in treating the symptoms of UTIs. To consult with our professionals, contact us or book an appointment. We have convenient locations in Brooklyn, East Harlem, Coney Island, Nostrand, and Metropolitan NYC.
Table of Contents:
What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
How common are urinary tract infections (UTIs)?
What causes a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
The urinary tract is a complex organ system that collects waste material from the body and transports it to the kidneys for processing and elimination. The kidneys, bladder, urethra, and ureters are the main parts of the urinary tract. Each one plays an important and unique role in the processing and removal of bodily fluids. Any part of the urinary tract can become infected, and although the type of illness is dependent upon the area affected, in general, any infection of this organ system is called a urinary tract infection, or UTI.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary tract, such as the bladder, urethra, kidneys, or ureter. It is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection and can cause painful urination, foul-smelling urine, and other unpleasant symptoms. The bacterium culpable for most urinary tract infections is Escherichia coli (E. coli), which is the most common cause of a UTI.
Symptoms of a UTI can vary depending on which organ is infected, but often include pain during urination, frequent need to urinate, cloudy urine, and strong-smelling urine. A UTI can spread to different areas of the urinary tract; for example, a bladder infection can develop into a kidney infection, and vice versa.
Urinary tract infections (or UTIs) are often associated with symptoms such as pain in the lower back, difficulty urinating, or a frequent need to urinate, even when the bladder is empty and there is no urine to pass. UTIs usually go away on their own, but it can take a while for the symptoms to go away. In most cases, the treatment for a UTI is a course of antibiotics.
Urinary tract infections are much more common in women than in men. This is due to the female anatomy, as the urethra (opening of the bladder) is much closer to the anus, so there is a higher chance of infection from cross-contamination. Furthermore, the urethra is shorter in females, and because there is a shorter distance to travel, it is more likely that bacteria can enter the urinary tract and cause an infection.
Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to proliferate in the bladder; this excess bacterial growth causes unpleasant symptoms characteristic of a UTI. Although the urinary system is designed to keep out bacteria, these defenses sometimes fail, which can lead to a full-blown infection in the urinary tract. You can visit a primary care physician or walk-in services near you.
There are a number of ways that bacteria can enter the urinary tract, such as when wiping after using the toilet, or by having sex. However, it is often not clear why it happens, as UTIs are not always caused by specific activities. Once a person gets just one UTI, they are more likely to experience more in the future.
UTI symptoms can range from mild to severe, and because they are often similar to the symptoms caused by other conditions. They can be overlooked or mistaken for something else, especially in older adults. Many common signs include:
• Strong and frequent urge to urinate
• Pain or a burning sensation when urinating
• Cloudy, bloody, or strong-smelling urine
• Fever and chills
• Urinating frequently, but in small amounts
• Nausea and vomiting
• Feeling very tired or shaking
• Muscle aches, abdominal pain, or back pain
• Pelvic pain (in women)
If you are exhibiting the symptoms of a UTI, the professionals at Express Health Urgent Care can provide you with trusted treatments. To consult with our professionals, call us or visit us today to book an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Brooklyn NYC, Queens NY, East Harlem NYC, Manhattan NY, Coney Island NYC, Midwood NY, Nostrand NYC, Ridgewood NY, Metropolitan NYC, Greenwich Village NY, and surrounding areas.
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