Urinary Tract Infection (UTI):

Symptoms, Causes, Complications & Treatment

The urinary tract is the part of the lower digestive system that creates urine and then moves it out of the body. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, bladder, and urethra. A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) can occur when bacteria moves up through the urethra and enter the bladder or kidneys. Women are at much higher risk for UTIs.

Symptoms: The most common symptoms involve changes in urine. Some UTI’s, especially in older adults, may be mistaken for other ailments.

  • A stinging or burning sensation when urinating
  • A strong and constant urge to urinate.
  • Discolored urine: cloudy, pink, red, or brown.
  • Urine has a strong odor.
  • Stomach area feel tender or heavy.
  • Pelvic pain for women/ rectal pain for men.

If the UTI travels up through the bladder and into the kidneys symptoms may become severe.

  • Sharp pain in the upper back and sides.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High fever and/or chills

Common Causes: Due to the female anatomy, just being a woman increases your risk of UTIs. Being sexually active and using a diaphragm are also risk factors. Kidney stones, catheter use, and certain chronic conditions that weaken your immune system such as diabetes are also common causes of urinary tract infections. UTIs are also common during pregnancy.

Treatment: UTIs can progress into the kidneys and cause severe complications. If you experience any of the symptoms above or suspect you may have a urinary tract infection come to Medrite for immediate treatment. Our New York walk-in clinic is open Sunday through Friday with early and late day hours. Once you arrive at the office you will be asked for a urine sample which will be tested for bacteria. If an infection is detected your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. Medrite has an onsite pharmacy, so prescriptions can be picked up during your office visit.

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