Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary Tract Infection Treatment
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is one of the most common types of infections. Every year, millions of men and women find themselves at the doctor’s office for UTI treatment. Sometimes UTIs are confused for STDs, like chlamydia, which has some of the same symptoms. However, UTIs are not transmitted sexually. Instead, they develop when bacteria gets into the urinary system. Bacteria will enter through the urethra, eventually making its way up to the bladder. From there, symptoms can start to show.
If you think you might have a urinary tract infection, visit the experts at ID Care. We have locations throughout New Jersey and can deliver the high-quality care and support you need.
Bacteria-killing treatments eliminate a UTI within one or two days.
Signs and Symptoms
UTI symptoms may vary from person to person. In some cases, symptoms are mild, yet they might be more severe in others. The most common signs include:
- Cloudy, reddish, and/or foul-smelling urine
- Painful burning sensation while urinating
- Frequent urges to use the bathroom
- Pressure in the lower belly
- Fatigue, fever, nausea, and/or shakiness
- Back pain
If the infection is left untreated, serious complications can occur, such as kidney damage, sepsis, recurrent infections, and more. Severe urinary tract infections may also require more extensive treatment than would normally be required. As soon as signs appear, make a trip to your local ID Care office. Our team will take care of you right away before symptoms can worsen.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The most effective way to diagnose a UTI is to analyze your urine. At ID Care, we will collect a urine sample, which will then be sent to the lab for a type of testing called a urinalysis. The urinalysis can reveal whether or not a UTI is present and can sometimes even identify the exact type of bacteria causing your infection. Having the urinalysis and urine culture helps your ID clinician treat you and prescribe the best medication.
Most infections typically clear up within a few days of taking antibiotics. If you have a particularly stubborn case or are experiencing complications, intravenous (IV) antibiotics may be recommended. All ID Care locations are equipped with state-of-the-art infusion suites for this purpose. The suites have cozy chairs, TVs, and Wi-Fi to help you feel as relaxed as possible. Many patients find it a much better alternative than having to go to the hospital.
Preventing a UTI
Urinary tract infections can happen to anyone and at any time. However, women get them more frequently than men. That’s because women have shorter urethras, which means the bacteria doesn’t have to travel as far to reach the bladder. Other potential risk factors include:
- Certain types of birth control
- Not drinking enough liquids
- Using irritating feminine products
- Wiping from back to front, which can spread bacteria from the anal region to the urethra
- Sexual activity
Visit ID Care Today
The specialists at ID Care can stop a UTI in its tracks. If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, don’t wait to seek UTI treatment. The sooner you can get the right antibiotics in your system, the better. And with knowledgeable doctors, proven treatment plans, and comfortable on-site infusion suites, ID Care is here to help. Give us a call at 908-281-0221 today for more information about our facilities, resources, and more.