Urinary Tract Infection
Care Fast Urgent Care
If you have to urinate often or experience painful urination, you could have a urinary tract infection (UTI). At Care Fast Urgent Care in Burbank, California, Albert Kashanian, MD, Nora Davidian, PA, and their team diagnose and treat UTIs to offer symptom relief and reduce the risk of complications. Simply walk in today.
Urinary Tract Infection Q & A
What are urinary tract infections?
A UTI is an infection in part of your urinary system, which includes the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. UTIs can cause unpleasant symptoms and lead to serious or embarrassing complications when left untreated. See Care Fast Urgent Care specialists at the first sign of a UTI.
What are the symptoms of UTIs?
Common signs and symptoms linked with UTIs include:
- Cloudy urine
- Strong urges to urinate
- Burning with urination
- Urinating frequently
- Reddish, pink, or cola-colored urine
- Blood in the urine
- Strong or foul-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain in women
Complications that can occur with untreated UTIs include recurrent UTIs, kidney damage, pregnancy complications, life-threatening infections, and urethral narrowing in men.
What are the risk factors for urinary tract infections?
UTIs are common and can happen to anyone, but some factors increase your risk of getting one. Examples include being a woman, being sexually active, and menopause in women. Other risk factors include certain types of birth control, urinary tract blockages or abnormalities, a weak immune system, catheter use, and certain urinary procedures.
How does my doctor diagnose UTIs?
Your Care Fast Urgent Care provider can diagnose a UTI using a simple urine test. They discuss your medical history and symptoms, and complete a physical exam if needed. Your provider might also suggest you undergo CT scans, MRIs, or cystoscopy using a long, thin tube with a camera attached to view the inside of your bladder and urethra.
What are the treatments for UTIs?
Prescription medications can treat most UTIs. If a UTI is severe, your urgent care provider might recommend treatments with IV antibiotics. Ways to lower your risk of future UTIs include drinking a lot of water, urinating soon after sexual intercourse, and wiping from front to back instead of from back to front after using the bathroom.
Change your birth control method to avoid certain types of unlubricated condoms, spermicide-treated condoms, and diaphragms. Women should avoid irritating feminine products like powders, deodorant sprays, and douches.
To get tested or treated for urinary tract infections, simply walk into Care Fast Urgent Care today.