Understanding
Treatment For Urinary
Tract Infections

What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

Your urinary system includes your kidneys, uterus, bladder, and urethra. A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract — usually through the urethra — and multiply in the bladder. UTIs are the second most common type of infection in the body, and most often occur in women, as women have shorter urethras than men — shortening the distance bacteria need to travel to reach the bladder. Sexual activity, certain types of birth control, and menopause are the key risk factors associated with UTIs.

Bacteria-killing treatments eliminate a UTI within one or two days.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

There are different types of UTIs, some with severe symptoms, others with none at all. The most common symptoms include pain or burning when using the bathroom, fever, tiredness or shakiness, frequent urges to use the bathroom, a pressure in the lower belly, urine that smells bad or looks cloudy or reddish, and less frequently, nausea or back pain.

How does ID Care diagnose UTIs?

By analyzing a urine sample for white and red blood cells or bacteria, ID Care specialists will identify and diagnose your UTI. In some instances, we examine a urine culture following the urine sample — this allows us to identify the specific type of bacteria causing your infection and determine the most effective medications to treat it.

How does ID Care treat UTIs?

After identifying the specific type of bacteria causing your UTI, your ID Care specialist will create a UTI treatment plan typically involving medications that are proven to kill the infection within one or two days. However, if you have a severe UTI, you may need intravenous antibiotics. If this is the case, you can have peace of mind knowing you won’t need to go to the hospital to receive your treatment — you have convenient access to state-of-the-art infusion suites designed for your comfort at any of our convenient ID Care locations.