While a urinary tract infection (also known as a UTI) is often a simple fix if treatment is sought early, it can cause serious damage to one or both of your kidneys if treatment is delayed.

That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants you to seek treatment as soon as possible.

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection occurs when there is an infection somewhere in your urinary system, such as in the kidneys, ureters, bladder and/or urethra. While anyone can suffer from a urinary tract infection, women are more susceptible to UTIs than men.

Causes of a Urinary Tract Infection

  • Bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Chlamydia
  • Cystitis
  • Mycoplasma bacteria
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Urethritis

What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?

Every UTI will present differently, so what you experience may be different from what someone else does. If you have a UTI, you’ll likely experience pain or discomfort, along with urine-related symptoms, like an increased need to urinate, bloody or cloudy urine, or an odor.

Treatment for UTIs

  • Take antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Apply a heating pad to the pelvic region.
  • Take pain relievers as necessary for discomfort.

Are you experiencing the symptoms of a urinary tract infection? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today for a prompt diagnosis and treatment.