Urinary Tract Infections Treatment Questions and Answers
If you would like more information about urinary tract infections or require UTI treatment, we welcome you to come to UCare Urgent Care! Our medical doctors or practitioners would be pleased to provide you with UTI treatment. Call us today for more information. We have 2 locations to serve you on North Zaragoza Rd. in El Paso TX, and on Lee Trevino Dr. in El Paso TX.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can cause significant pain in the abdominal and pelvic area and acute discomfort while urinating. With that in mind, seeking treatment for a UTI is likely your number one priority if you are experiencing one! At UCare Urgent Care, our medical doctors and practitioners would be pleased to provide you with high-quality UTI treatment.
What causes urinary tract infections?
There are several different causes of urinary tract infections, with bacteria being the most common cause, while fungi or viruses are less common causes of urinary tract infections. Of various bacteria, the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacterium causes the vast majority of urinary tract infections, although chlamydia and mycoplasma bacteria can also cause urinary tract infections in the urethra.
Bacteria and other causes of urinary tract infections can enter the urinary tract in several different ways, with various medical conditions, life experiences, and hygiene habits contributing to an increased risk of contracting a UTI, including the following:
- Blocked flow of urination
- Bowel or urinary incontinence
- Certain forms of contraception, including cervical caps, diaphragms, and spermicides
- Compromised or suppressed immune systems
- Excessive use of antibiotics
- Improper tampon usage
- Kidney stones
- Poor personal hygiene
- Sexual activity, especially with new or multiple partners
- Trouble with fully emptying one’s bladder
Will a UTI go away on its own?
Some mild urinary tract infections will go away on their own without antibiotics. With that being said, the majority of urinary tract infections require antibiotic treatment to kill the bacteria and eliminate the infection. As such, it is generally recommended to seek medical treatment for urinary tract infections rather than waiting it out. Moreover, antibiotic treatment for a UTI can decrease the severity of your symptoms and shorten the length of the infection, while also preventing further complications from developing.
If your UTI is mild, your doctor can provide you with an informed recommendation concerning treatment or waiting out the infection. Regardless of whether your doctor prescribes treatment for a UTI or clears you to wait it out, it is important to drink plenty of fluids and get sufficient rest when dealing with a UTI to fight the infection.
When should you see a Dr for a UTI?
In general, you should see a doctor for a urinary tract infection as soon as you begin to notice symptoms. With that in mind, some common symptoms of a UTI include the following:
- Abdominal pain, or pain in the lower back, pelvic area, penis, or side (flank)
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- Burning or painful sensation while urinating (dysuria)
- Confusion or mental changes
- Fever and chills
- Frequent and urgent need to urinate, especially during the night
- Lower pelvic pressure
- Malodorous urine (foul smelling)
- Unusual pain during sexual intercourse
- Urinary incontinence or leakage
What happens if a UTI goes untreated for a week?
If your urinary tract infection is mild, it may go away within a week. However, the infection can also spread to other parts of the urinary tract, such as the bladder, urethra, ureters, or kidneys. If the infection spreads to the kidneys (pyelonephritis), it can cause significant complications, including damage that could permanently reduce kidney function or cause septic shock. Moreover, a UTI that goes untreated for a week will most likely involve worsening symptoms of pain and discomfort within the urinary tract.
If you would like more information about urinary tract infections or require UTI treatment, we welcome you to come to UCare Urgent Care! One of our medical doctors or practitioners would be pleased to provide you with UTI treatment. For an appointment, please feel free to call us, schedule one through our website, or visit one of our two clinics in El Paso, Texas. We serve patients from El Paso TX, Lee Trevino Drive TX, Fort Bliss TX, Mission Valley TX, Resler Canyon TX, Alfalfa TX, Montwood TX, and Horizon City TX.