How to get treated for UTI?

by | Ask The Intern

What you need to know about your Urinary Tract Infection

Do you have painful urination or burning when you urinate? You might have a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Symptoms of a bladder infection can include:

  • Pain or burning while urinating (dysuria)
  • Frequent urination
  • Urgency to go pee
  • Feeling the need to urinate despite having an empty bladder
  • Blood in  urine
  • Pressure or cramping in the bladder, groin or lower abdomen
  • back of flank pain (might be kidney infection)

Symptoms of a kidney infection can include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Flank pain or pain in the side of your back (high by your ribs)
  • Nausea or vomiting

What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

UTIs are common infections that happen when bacteria, often from the skin or rectum, enter the urethra, and infect the urinary tract. The infections can affect several parts of the urinary tract, but the most common type is a bladder infection (cystitis).

Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is another type of UTI. They’re less common, but more serious than bladder infections.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you have symptoms of a UTI (dysuria), most cases can be treated outside the hospital. If you are familiar with UTI and this episode is similar to past infections they you may choose to be treated based on your signs and symptoms (burning, frequency, urgency, bladder pressure/pain).

If you have frequent UTI’s (more than 3 UTI’s per year) or if you have infection that is not clearing up, you may need a urine culture along with your antibiotic treatment.

Some cases may need to be treated in the hospital, please see your doctor for any symptom that is severe or concerning (fever, chills, vomiting, flank pain)

Younger children may not be able to tell you about UTI symptoms they are having. While fever is the most common sign of UTI in infants and toddlers, most children with fever do not have a UTI. Talk to a doctor if you are concerned that your child may have a UTI.


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