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.
A UTI is an infection in your urinary tract. Your urinary tract has four components:
Most UTIs affect only the lower components of the urinary tract, which are the bladder and urethra.
UTIs typically cause the following symptoms:
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.
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:
Age may also play a role in your UTI risk level, as older women and men are more likely to have UTIs.
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.
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.