Internal Medicine & Cardiology located in Boynton Beach, FL
Does it burn when you urinate? Are you experiencing a strong, persistent need to go to the bathroom? It’s possible you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI). At Verma Health in Boynton Beach, Florida, the experienced medical team can quickly determine if your symptoms are in fact due to a UTI, and provide the necessary care you need to clear up the infection. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online. Same day appointments are available.
UTI Q & A
What is a UTI?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in your urinary system, which includes your urethra, ureters, bladder, and kidneys. The infection may develop in any of the parts that make up your urinary system but most often affects the urethra or bladder.
Both men and women are susceptible to developing a UTI, but women are more at risk due to their anatomical structure (shorter urethra), which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the urinary system.
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
A strong, urgent, and frequent need to urinate is one of the tell-tale signs of a UTI. Other symptoms include:
- Burning while you urinate
- Pink tinged urine or visible blood in the urine
- Foul- or off-smelling urine
- Cloudy urine
- Pelvic pain
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Verma Health to schedule an evaluation. Ignoring your symptoms may lead to a more serious infection or even permanent damage to your urinary tract.
How is a UTI diagnosed?
The team at Verma Health conduct comprehensive examinations when you come to the office with concerns about a UTI. During your examination, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history and conducts a physical exam.
To determine if your symptoms are due to a UTI, they collect a urine sample from you and test it for bacteria. This test occurs at the office, so you don’t need to go to another facility to get your results.
What are the treatments for a UTI?
UTI treatment requires an antibiotic. The type of antibiotic you need depends on the bacteria responsible for your infection. You should start to notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few days of starting your treatment.
The team at Verma Health recommends you continue to take your antibiotic as directed, even if you’re feeling better. Failing to complete your full course of antibiotic may not fully clear up your infection and increase your risk of getting another UTI.
In addition to your antibiotic, the team also encourages you to drink plenty of fluids to help flush out the infection.
If you have frequent UTIs, the team may suggest a longer course of antibiotics, up to six months, to reduce your risk of a recurrence.
To get relief from your UTI symptoms, call Verma Health today or request an appointment online.
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