Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect around 150 million men and women worldwide annually. Whether you’re dealing with a bladder infection, kidney infection, or another kind of UTI, it’s important to get help now to avoid serious complications. The expert team at West Kendall OBGYN, serving the areas of Doral, Kendall and West Kendall in Miami, can diagnose and treat your UTI immediately to give you fast symptom relief, so use online scheduling or call to book your appointment now.
What is a UTI?
A UTI is a urinary tract infection. UTIs can develop anywhere in your urinary system, including your bladder, kidneys, and urethra. Although both men and women can get UTIs, they’re far more common in women because the urethra is shorter and makes it easier for bacteria to enter the body.
What are the Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection?
UTIs can be very uncomfortable. Some of the most common symptoms of a UTI are:
Frequent urge to urinate
Feeling the need to urinate, even when your bladder is empty
Burning when you urinate
Discolored or dark urine
Blood in your urine
Urinary tract infections usually affect the urethra and bladder, but if untreated, the bacteria may continue moving through your urinary tract to invade your kidneys. Kidney infections are quite serious and may cause even worse symptoms, including:
Back pain, usually on one side towards the bottom of the spine
Nausea and vomiting
UTI symptoms can be similar to those caused by other infections. For example, some sexually transmitted diseases can cause increased urination, foul-smelling urine, back pain, and other similar symptoms. If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at West Kendall OBGYN to get a diagnosis and symptom relief right away.
What Kind of Test Diagnoses a UTI?
Your West Kendall OBGYN doctor can diagnose a UTI with a small urine sample. The test checks white and red blood cell counts along with bacteria levels. Sometimes, your doctor may also do a urine culture to determine the exact kind of bacteria triggering your UTI, especially if you have chronic urinary tract infections.
How are UTIs Treated?
In most cases, your West Kendall OBGYN doctor prescribes antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, which resolve symptoms in just a few days. But, always take the full course of antibiotics as your gynecologist prescribes.
You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever if the UTI causes serious discomfort, or your gynecologist may prescribe a urinary analgesic to relieve symptoms like pain and burning during urination.
Urinary tract infections are painful — and they only tend to get worse if you don’t get treatment when you need it. The West Kendall OBGYN team can help you feel better very fast, so don’t delay any longer: Make your appointment online or call the office now.