A urinary tract infection, aka a UTI, aka a bladder infection, is nothing to mess around with. The infection is caused by bacteria that can affect any part of the urinary system. UTIs are very common amongst women and adolescent girls.  Sometimes, they can be caused by sexually transmitted bacteria. Urinary tract infections are also reported as the most common types of healthcare associated infections. But common does not mean that it should be taken lightly. If not treated, complications from UTI’s can occur and affect the kidneys. Not something you want to happen. Our recommendation: Treat a UTI quickly.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?UTI Infection

  • Urge to urinate frequently
  • Burning with urination
  • Cloudy Urine
  • Unpleasant urine smell
  • Bloody urine
  • Flank or back pain
  • Fever, chills

Who’s at risk for UTI’s?

  • People with kidney stones
  • Folks with urethral strictures
  • People using catheters
  • Women using diaphragms
  • Women with partners that use condoms with spermicidal foam
  • Sexually active women
  • Men over 60
  • Patients who undergo urologic surgery

What are the complications of a UTI?

UTI complications usually only occur if the UTI becomes chronic or rapidly advances. This can happen if not treated quickly or properly:

  • Urinary strictures
  • Abscesses
  • Fistulas
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney Failure
  • Kidney damage
  • Bladder cancer (rarely)
  • Possible death

What are the treatment options for a UTI?

Treat a UTI quickly and avoid further complications. These are some of the most common ways:

  • Antibiotics
  • Pain Relievers
  • Heating Pads
  • Drinking more water
  • Cranberry Juice

Contact your doctor if your symptoms are persisting for longer than three days and are becoming worse. There’s a good chance that you may need antibiotics to treat your bladder infection. The length of treatment might vary, depending on the specific drug your doctor prescribes.  If you have any questions about UTIs feel free to give us a call or stop by our New Britain AFC urgent care center where we have professionals available 7 days a week. We’re open 7 days a week, no appointment needed. Give us a call at 860-357-6899.

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