Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection (UTI) happens when any part of the urinary system becomes infected. This includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.

Urinary tract infections usually occur when bacteria enters the urine or urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply inside the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep bacteria out, these defenses can fail. When that happens, bacteria can take over and turn into a bacterial infection inside of the urinary tract. A majority of these infections involve the lower urinary tract, the bladder and the urethra. Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying.

Did You Know? A common infection, women are at greater risk than men for developing a UTI. Higher risk factors for women mean that, if you suspect that might be the case, you should go to an urgent care for UTI and be properly diagnosed. Untreated UTIs increase the risk for larger, more dangerous problems. 

UTI Causes and Symptoms

Simple UTIs (also known as acute cystitis or bladder infection) occur more commonly in women than men. This type of UTI is usually caused by E. coli, a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Sexual intercourse may lead to cystitis, but you don’t have to be sexually active to develop it.

An infection of the urethra is known as urethritis. A UTI of this type can happen when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. Additionally, because the female urethra is close to the vagina, urethritis can be caused by sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes.

Common UTI symptoms include painful and frequent urination, urine that appears cloudy or reddish, fever and pelvic pain.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, your age, habits, or health conditions can make a UTI more likely. Most infections in men are the result of problems that restrict normal urine flow, such as an enlarged prostate. It’s important to drink plenty of water when a UTI occurs to help flush bacteria from your urinary tract.

UTI Diagnosis and Treatment

If you take a trip to an urgent care center, diagnosis of a UTI is fairly simple. To confirm the diagnosis of any urinary tract infection (UTI), a urinalysis will be done and the medical professional will collect a urine sample. A urine culture can determine what type of bacteria is responsible for the infection as well as the type of urinary tract infection and your urinary tract infection treatment can begin. Treated by antibiotics, in most cases, simple UTIs will resolve within 3-5 days.

If you have repeat infections, following-up with your primary doctor to order additional tests may be recommended by a healthcare professional at our urgent care center to help find the cause of the infections.

Urgent Care for Urinary Tract Infections

An urgent care is a convenient place to accurately diagnose your urinary tract infection and learn about the best way to treat it. The earlier you see an urgent care, the earlier your pain and symptoms may be able to be relieved.

Rosamund Urgent Care, located in Rosamond, California, is here to help with your UTIs. 

Our urgent care center  proudly serves patients in Southern Kern County, including Rosamond, Edwards, Mojave, Ridgecrest and California City. We are open seven days a week with convenient daytime and evening hours for patients seeking care for minor emergencies, illnesses and injuries. Don’t hesitate to call us today at 661-256-6365 or request a reservation online.