One in five women gets a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their lives. Many get them repeatedly throughout their lives. Whether you have a UTI or have only heard the stories, knowing the symptoms and how to treat them makes the difference between being uncomfortable or needing surgery. At P3MD in Goodyear, Arizona, David Boyd, MD, tests for and treats UTIs, and helps you understand how to prevent them in the future. If you are suffering from a UTI, call the office or go online to make an appointment today.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in your urinary system. It happens when bacteria enter your urinary tract and get into your bladder. If left untreated, UTIs can spread into your kidneys and cause a serious infection.
Bacteria that comes into contact with your vagina can travel up the urethra and cause an infection. It happens most often during sex but can also happen if you come into contact with unhygienic water.
You’re also more likely to get a UTI if you:
It’s very easy for bacteria to travel to the bladder, so it’s usually hard to pinpoint the exact cause of a UTI. But if you have symptoms, visit P3MD to have yourself tested.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you might have a UTI:
If the infection spread to your kidneys, you’ll also feel:
If you have any of these symptoms, call the office right away as kidney infections are very serious and must be treated immediately.
Dr. Boyd tests for UTIs with urinalysis. You urinate in a cup and Dr. Boyd checks for bacteria, white blood cells, or other signs of an infection.
Dr. Boyd might also suggest testing for certain STDs, which also cause UTIs.
If you have a UTI, Dr. Boyd prescribes a course of antibiotics to clear up the infection. Most symptoms go away after 2-3 days of taking your medication, but it’s very important to finish the entire course of medication as the infection might still be there or can come back.
If your symptoms are still there after Dr. Boyd’s prescribed treatment, you might need a follow-up visit.
If you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms and think you have a UTI, call the office or go online to make an appointment today.