Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
As most women know, a urinary tract infection can be a painful inconvenience that interferes with day to day life. While not life-threatening, a UTI can develop into more serious conditions that affect the kidneys if it is not treated. Primarily, a urinary tract infection tends to affect the bladder and urethra, and for most women (and occasionally men) it will resolve very quickly with a short course in antibiotics.
If you’ve ever had a UTI, you probably do not need this page as a reference. But in case you’re not sure, here are a few symptoms that might help you narrow down whether or not what you’re experiencing may be the start of a urinary tract infection or not. Regardless, your best bet is to head to the urgent care and get it treated.
- Pain and/or burning on urination
- Increased need or urge to urinate
- Cloudy urine
- Presence of blood in urine
- Strong odor of urine
- Mild pelvic pain
What can you do at home?
Sometimes the best treatment is prevention. Women who are more prone to UTIs can try some of these suggestions to help prevent UTIs from occurring.
- Drink plenty of water
- Drink cranberry juice
- Empty your bladder more often
- Avoid using feminine hygiene products – especially those with perfumes, scents or powders – which can irritate the urethra
- Be careful about your hygiene. Wipe from front to back.
- Some women find that over-the-counter products are effective in controlling pain and symptoms. If these do not resolve the UTI or if pain increases, seek medical attention.