Urinary Tract Infection Specialist

David Boyd, MD -  - Family Medicine

P3MD

David Boyd, MD

Family Medicine located in Goodyear, AZ

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.

Urinary Tract Infection Q & A

What is a urinary tract infection?

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. 

What causes UTIs?

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:

  • Have had a UTI before
  • Are obese or have diabetes
  • Use spermicide or a diaphragm
  • Have kidney stones
  • Have untreated chlamydia or gonorrhea

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.

What are the symptoms of UTIs?

If you have any of the following symptoms, you might have a UTI:

  • Feeling like you need to urinate a lot, even if you just used the bathroom
  • Urine that is cloudy or smells bad
  • Urine that has blood or pus in it
  • Cramps or soreness in your lower back and stomach

If the infection spread to your kidneys, you’ll also feel:

  • Back pain
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue

If you have any of these symptoms, call the office right away as kidney infections are very serious and must be treated immediately.

What is the test for UTIs?

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.

How do you treat 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.