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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

                                          

A UTI usually occurs when bacteria enters the opening of the urethra and multiply in the urinary tract. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder (ureters), bladder, and the tube that carries urine from the bladder (urethra).

Symptoms

  • Pain or burning when you urinate
  • Feeling as though you need to urinate often, but not much urine comes out when you do
  • Lower abdomen feels tender or heavy 
  • Pain on one side of your back, under your ribs
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea and vomiting

Treatment

Treatment usually involves antibiotics and hydration (drinking more water). Oral antibiotics are used for three days to treat straightforward bladder infections. Treatment may be extended in complex cases. 

Often taking Azo-Standard or Pyridium will help with the burning sensation when urinating. If there appears to be an obstruction, a catheter to drain the bladder may be needed. 

If your UTI does not improve after antibiotics, you will need further evaluation and additional treatment. If the infection spreads and affects kidney function or causes widespread infection, you may need a hospital stay.