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A urinary tract infection can cause pain, burning, and other problems with urination. The majority of urinary tract infections can be easily treated with oral antibiotics, so there's no reason to delay in seeking treatment. The medical team at Dr. Jon’s Urgent Care Center in Martinsville, Virginia can promptly diagnose and treat a urinary tract infection, allowing for symptom relief in a few days or less in most cases.
A urinary tract infection is an infection that occurs when bacteria gets into the urine and travels towards the bladder. If a urinary tract infection does reach the bladder, it becomes a bladder infection, an even more painful and serious condition. While a urinary tract infection can cause considerable pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, it can be easily resolved if you seek treatment.
Women have a higher risk for urinary tract infections than men, and sexually active women have a higher risk for urinary tract infections than abstinent women do. Some kinds of birth control, such as diaphragms, may increase the risk for urinary tract infections. During menopause, hormone changes occur, which can also increase risk. Any disease that suppresses the immune system may cause a higher risk for urinary tract infections.
The signs of a urinary tract infection include:
When your doctor suspects a urinary tract infection based on your description of symptoms, he will typically request a urine sample to perform a quick test. This test measures white blood cell count, red blood cell count, and bacteria in the urine. A urine culture may also be performed, as this can isolate the kind of bacteria responsible for the urinary tract infection. Once the urinary tract infection is diagnosed, your doctor can prescribe effective treatment immediately.
Urinary tract infection treatment usually starts with oral antibiotics. Oral antibiotics like Keflex and Bactrim may be taken daily for around three to five days, but most patients start to feel much better in only a day or two. It's vital that you finish all the antibiotics prescribed to make sure the infection is fully treated, even if you start to feel better right away. If you're in a lot of pain due to the urinary tract infection, your doctor may also prescribe a urinary tract analgesic to help. Chronic urinary tract infections may require longer term antibiotic use.