What Is A Urinary Tract Infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system due to bacteria entering the bladder and is especially common in women. Typical symptoms of a UTI include pelvic pain, a burning feeling when you urinate, or a strong urge to urinate, even when you don't have to go. If left untreated, the infection could spread to your kidneys and cause more serious problems so it is essential to seek treatment from a trained medical provider. At Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics, board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Janice Alexander provides personalized services to help women recover from urinary tract infections. If think you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI, we encourage you to contact our office in Cedarburg, WI to schedule an appointment today.
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Do I Have a Urinary Tract Infection?
UTIs are common in women, especially those who are sexually active, take certain types of birth control, or have gone through menopause. Women who have a urinary tract infection may experience the following symptoms:
- Pelvic pain
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Strong-smelling urine that is dark or cloudy
- A strong, frequent urge to urinate
- Passing only a small amount of urine at a time
During your appointment, Dr. Alexander will perform an exam and possibly a urinalysis before determining the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. If you have a relatively simple UTI, you will typically be prescribed a short course of oral antibiotics to clear up your infection. More complicated infections may require a longer round of antibiotics, possibly administered through an IV. Dr. Alexander can provide tips to help you prevent future UTIs, such as drinking plenty of liquids, wiping from front to back, and emptying your bladder right after sexual intercourse.
Urinary tract infection FAQs
What are the common causes of a UTI?
UTIs occur when harmful bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra. There are several potential causes of UTIs in Cedarburg, WI. These include wiping from back to front after using the toilet, which spreads bacteria from the anus to your urethra. Other potential causes include sexual activity and using certain types of birth control.
How soon should I get a consultation?
Patients should call Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics as soon as they experience any symptoms of a UTI, such as burning when urinating or needing to urinate more frequently than usual. A consultation will help us determine the cause of the UTI and the best course of treatment moving forward. Our goal is to help our patients feel better soon.
What if a UTI goes untreated?
A UTI can lead to more serious health problems like a kidney infection when left untreated. A kidney infection can cause permanent damage to the kidneys and may even require hospitalization. Dr. Alexander wants to help patients avoid these complications, so please call us as soon as you experience any symptoms of a UTI. We can also provide tips on how to prevent UTIs in the future.
Treatment Is Available
A UTI can cause painful, distressing symptoms that you should not ignore or attempt to treat on your own. If think you are experiencing a UTI, schedule an appointment with the experienced gynecology professionals at Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics in Cedarburg, WI. Dr. Janice Alexander will provide you with the proper diagnosis and treatment so you can gain relief from discomfort and feel like yourself again.