UTI Treatment Questions and Answers
UTIs (Urinary Tract Infection) can cause pain and discomfort. Primary Care 360 is proud to provide UTI treatment to patients from Sherwood AR, Hensley AR, and White Hall AR and the surrounding areas. If you suspect you have a urinary tract infection, call today or schedule an appointment online with a professional today.
When dealing with a urinary tract infection (UTI), simple things like going to the washroom can become a source of pain and discomfort. As such, it is important to seek treatment if you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI. Our primary care physicians at Primary Care 360 would be happy to provide UTI treatment to you!
Can I go to a primary care doctor to treat a UTI?
Unless your symptoms are too intense or painful and you cannot make a same-day appointment, a primary care doctor is a great choice to go to for UTI treatment. Primary care doctors can either provide treatment at the clinic or refer you to a specialist, such as a urologist or obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN), if a more advanced treatment is required or you are experiencing frequent UTIs.
In general, treatment for a UTI includes antibiotics, if it is caused by a bacterial infection, antiviral medication, if it is caused by a virus, or antifungal medication, if a fungus causes the UTI. Other treatment recommendations could be pursued for individuals who have frequent urinary tract infections, such as low-dose antibiotics, single-dose antibiotics after sexual activity, or vaginal estrogen therapy.
What is a UTI?
A UTI is a common infection that occurs when bacteria, fungi, or viruses enter and infect an organ within the urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra. As such, there are several different types of urinary tract infections, depending on the location of the infection. The different types of urinary tract infections include the following:
- Acute pyelonephritis: this type of UTI affects the kidneys with symptoms such as chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, and upper back or side (flank) pain
- Cystitis: this is the most common type of UTI, occurring in the bladder, and typically occurs with such symptoms as blood in the urine, frequent and painful urination, pain in the lower abdomen, and pelvic pressure
- Urethritis: this type of UTI occurs in the urethra or ureters and typically occurs with discharge and a burning sensation while urinating
How do I get a UTI?
There are several different ways that a person can contract a UTI. With that said, some common causes of urinary tract infections include the following:
- Bacterial changes inside the vagina, often as a result of menopause or the use of spermicides
- Holding in your urine for an extremely long period of time, causing bacteria to build up in the bladder
- Improper hygiene practices involving the genital or rectal area
- Kidney stones, as they can block the urinary tract
- Pregnancy, as growing fetus puts pressure on the bladder and urinary tract, trapping bacteria in the process
- Sexual activity, particularly with new sexual partners
- Use of urinary catheters
Since women have a shorter urethra than men, they are more at risk of developing a UTI due to the decreased distance for the bacteria, fungi, or virus to travel before reaching the bladder.
What can I do to not get a UTI?
In order to avoid getting a UTI, there are certain hygiene practices, lifestyle changes, and daily habits to consider and implement into your daily routine. Some of these practices and changes could include any of the following:
- Ensure that your genital and rectal areas are consistently clean
- Make sure your bladder is completely emptied after urinating
- Regularly drinking plenty of fluids to remove extra bacteria from the urinary tract
- Urinate after sexual activity
- Wipe front to back after bowel movements
For more information on what you can do to avoid getting a UTI, our doctors at Primary Care 360 would be happy to share their medical expertise with you on the subject.
If you live in or near Hensley AR, Sherwood AR, and White Hall AR, and require UTI treatment, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with us at Primary Care 360! You can do so through our website, by calling us, or visiting one of our clinics for a walk-in appointment. We serve patients from Sherwood AR, Hensley AR, White Hall AR, Little Rock AR, Jacksonville AR, Maumelle AR, Cabot AR, Bryant AR, and Conway AR.