A urinary tract infection (UTI) can be painful and make you have to urinate more often. If you’re having recurrent urinary tract infections, it’s important that you get checked out by certified physician assistant Amneh Amro, PA-C, to reduce your risk for complications.
Revival Health Clinic in Houston offers concierge-style urgent care services to address acute and chronic UTIs. We meet with you to discuss your symptoms and determine what your treatment options are.
A UTI describes an infection in any part of your urinary tract. This tract includes your kidneys, bladder, and your ureters, the tubes that carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder. Your urethra is also a part of this system. This tube eliminates urine from your bladder and carries it outside of your body.
When bacteria like E. coli enter your urinary tract, they can settle into any of these structures and develop into an infection. If the infection is in your bladder, it’s typically a mild condition you can treat quickly. If the infection settles into your kidneys, it can cause serious health issues that might require a hospital stay.
Common symptoms of a UTI
Symptoms of a UTI typically include frequent urination, burning while urinating, and bloody or dark urine. Pain from a UTI can occur in your kidneys, bladder, and lower back.
Once an infection spreads into your kidneys, you might experience symptoms like:
- High fever
- Chronic fatigue
If left untreated, an infection in your kidneys can also cause mental confusion and disorientation.
Risk factors for recurrent UTIs
Women are more likely to develop UTIs than men because of their anatomy. Women have a shorter urethra than men and bacteria have a shorter distance to travel.
A woman’s urethra is also closer to their rectum, so bacteria can easily get into the urinary tract and cause an infection. This is especially true if you wipe back to front after using the bathroom.
If you use douches, spermicides, or take oral antibiotics for another health condition, they can change the bacterial balance in your vagina, leading to recurrent UTIs. Women in menopause also experience hormonal changes that affect vaginal bacteria.
Diagnosing and treating recurrent UTIs
If you have any unusual symptoms related to a UTI, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Revival Health Clinic without delay. We offer consultations through a reliable telemedicine platform from wherever you are. We can order urine testing to identify an infection, so you can begin a course of antibiotics as soon as possible.
If you have recurrent UTIs or infections that are difficult to treat, Amneh Amro, PA-C, might order additional diagnostic testing, such as X-rays or ultrasound scans of your urinary tract. These tests can help find abnormalities in the tract that cause recurrent infections.
In addition to antibiotics to clear the infection, you might need to change your hygiene practices to minimize the risk for bacteria entering your urinary tract. Drinking plenty of water each day is also important for flushing out your urinary tract.