Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common and uncomfortable experience for many women and men. The experienced team at Washington Medical Clinic LLC in Silver Spring, Maryland, are available to help you find relief from your symptoms and prevent future infections. If you experience UTI symptoms, such as burning and pain while urinating, call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online.
A urinary tract infection, commonly called a UTI, is a bacterial infection that can affect any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. The most common type of infection is cystitis, which occurs in the bladder. While anybody can get a UTI, women are far more likely to have recurrent infections than men due to their shorter urethras.
Most UTIs resolve quickly with proper care, but they can be dangerous without treatment. A UTI can damage the kidneys or infect the bloodstream. Prompt care is essential to prevent complications from a UTI.
A UTI occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract. The most common type of bacteria that affects the urinary system is Escherichia coli (E. coli). It can multiply when it travels from the rectal area, enters the urethra, and reaches the bladder or kidneys.
Common factors that increase your risk of developing a UTI include:
If you have risk factors for recurrent UTIs, the team works with you to develop a personalized prevention plan.
The signs of a UTI can vary depending on which part of the urinary tract it affects. Telltale signs of a UTI include:
Urine that appears bright pink, red, or dark can signal that you have blood in your urine. Prompt care is essential to prevent the infection from progressing.
The team treats your UTI based on the severity of your condition. Taking antibiotics for three to seven days can help clear your infection. You should also:
UTIs can be a frustrating and uncomfortable experience, but with the right care, you can find relief from your symptoms and prevent future infections. Call Washington Medical Clinic LLC today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.