Did you know that around 60% of women and 12% of men will get a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their lives? UTIs can be uncomfortable, but they’re easily treated with antibiotics. If you think you might have a UTI, come to DTLA Urgent Care in the Arts District of Los Angeles so you can feel better, faster. Call the office today or book using the online scheduling tool.
In women, UTIs occur when bacteria get into the urinary tract, travel up the urethra (the “tube” the urine travels down), and cause an infection in the bladder and urethra. The infection causes these organs to become irritated, which leads to that uncomfortable, burning feeling associated with UTIs.
In men, the process is the same, but UTIs are less common because men have a longer urethra. So, the bacteria would need to travel a greater distance in order to infect the bladder.
UTIs are not a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but it’s possible to spread the bacteria causing UTIs, especially through oral sex. In general, it’s best to wait to resume sexual activity until after you’ve completed your treatment.
The most common symptoms of UTIs are:
Other symptoms can include lower back pain and pain in your lower abdominal area.
It’s possible to have no symptoms, but usually, people with UTIs have at least one of the above symptoms. UTIs without any symptoms are more common in older adults.
Urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotics. Most people will need to take antibiotics for approximately three days. But urinary tract infections don’t go away on their own, and if untreated, they can spread to other organs and lead to serious health problems. If this happens, it is called a complicated UTI, and you may need to take antibiotics for a longer period of time.
There are some steps you can take to help prevent UTIs, especially if you’re a woman. These include:
Some studies have found that cranberry juice can help prevent UTIs, but the data is inconsistent. It can’t hurt to drink cranberry juice, but if you think you have a UTI, it’s best to see a doctor.
Sometimes women can get recurrent UTIs, meaning, you get them frequently (more than three times per year). If this happens, talk to your doctor about other steps you can take to lessen your risk.
If you think you might have a UTI, call DTLA Urgent Care for an appointment, or book using the online scheduling tool to get treatment as soon as possible.