UTI

Charter Health PC

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Salem, MA

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can make urination painful and much too frequent. UTIs are one of the most common female health problems, along with yeast infections. If you’re suffering and need UTI relief now, the Charter Health PC team in Lynn, Massachusetts, is here for you. Book your appointment using the online scheduler or by calling the office today.

UTI Q & A

What is a UTI?

A UTI is an infection in your urinary tract. Your urinary tract has four components:

  • Kidneys (we have two kidneys)
  • Ureters, which are tubes connecting the two kidneys to the bladder
  • Bladder, which collects your urine
  • Urethra, the tube leading out of the bladder

Most UTIs affect only the lower components of the urinary tract, which are the bladder and urethra.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

UTIs typically cause the following symptoms:

  • Increased urge to urinate
  • A burning pain when you urinate
  • Pelvic pain, which may be similar to menstrual cramps in women
  • Discolored urine (cloudy, pink, red, or brown urine)
  • Unusual urine odor

UTI symptoms often get worse without treatment. Sometimes, a UTI can spread upward from the bladder into one of the kidneys. Patients with a kidney infection are very sick and sometimes need hospitalization.

Am I at risk for UTIs?

Women are more at risk for UTIs than men. In women, the anus and urethra are close together, and that can make it easy for bacteria to enter the urinary tract. There are also other risk factors for UTIs, including:

  • Sexual intercourse with a new partner
  • Spermicide use, which can change acidity levels in the vagina
  • Pregnancy
  • History of UTIs
  • Kidney stones
  • Prostate enlargement in men

Age may also play a role in your UTI risk level, as older women and men are more likely to have UTIs.

How are UTIs and yeast infections different?

Although both are uncomfortable infections, they’re actually quite different. A yeast infection, like a UTI, can cause pain while urinating. But, unlike a UTI, yeast infections typically cause intense itchiness and a thick white vaginal discharge. It’s possible to have a UTI and yeast infection at the same time, so if you have symptoms of both, it’s important to get help right away.

How are UTIs treated?

Antibiotics are generally the best treatment for UTIs. Typically, your Charter Health PC care provider prescribes oral antibiotics that you’ll take for at least for a few days.

Although you may start to feel better within just a day or so, it is important to finish all of the antibiotics as directed by your care provider to make sure the infection is totally cleared from your body.

Swift treatment is important for UTIs, and with the skilled care providers at Charter Health PC, there’s no reason you have to suffer. Book your appointment by phone or through the online scheduler today. You can also schedule a telemedicine visit for UTI (with no office visit needed) now.