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Urinary tract infection (UTI)

The doctors on Heal can help diagnose and treat urinary tract infections. A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection of the urinary system, which consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.

Common symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Frequent and/or intense urge to urinate
  • Unpleasant urine odor
  • Urine that is cloudy or red-tinged
  • Back or side pain
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

UTIs are typically caused by bacteria that is most often found in the bowel. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, certain people are at higher risk for developing urinary tract infections, including:

  • Postmenopausal women
  • Women who use certain types of birth control including diaphragms
  • Women who are sexually active
  • People with kidney stones
  • Men with an enlarged prostates

Although certain groups of people are more prone to UTIs, there are steps everyone can take to help prevent them, including:

  • Wiping from front to back after a bowel movement
  • Not waiting too long to pass urine
  • Managing chronic conditions such as diabetes
  • Drinking plenty of water every day and after sexual intercourse
  • Eating a healthy diet to prevent conditions such as kidney stones

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, untreated UTIs can cause damage to the kidneys and other parts of the body. Also, if you’re pregnant, an untreated UTI could cause pregnancy complications including premature labor and preeclampsia. Given these risks, if you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI, it is important to seek medical attention.

A doctor will examine you and take a detailed medical history. If your doctor deems it necessary, they can also test your urine by performing a urine dipstick test or a urine culture to confirm your diagnosis, and will then provide a comprehensive treatment plan for your UTI. If necessary, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat your infection, and can easily e-prescribe medication to your preferred pharmacy.

If you’re prone to developing multiple UTIs per year, talk to your doctor about it. She may elect to perform additional tests or simply offer guidance for minimizing your chances of contracting repeat infections.

If you suspect you have a UTI, don’t hesitate to book a doctor house call using Heal.