Frequent urination and pain in your abdomen may mean you have a urinary tract infection (UTI). The team at First Care Bossier in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, can diagnose and treat urinary tract infections to reduce discomfort and prevent the infection from spreading to your kidneys. If you suspect you may have a urinary tract infection, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
The urinary tract extends from your urethra, a tiny duct off your bladder through which you urinate, to the bladder and kidneys. If bacteria or fungi enter your urethra, it may become infected, resulting in a urinary tract infection.
Most UTIs occur in the lower urinary tract and then spread to the bladder. Women are at greater risk for urinary tract infections than men because their shorter urethra allows bacteria to access the bladder more easily.
It's important to seek medical attention immediately if the infection travels to your kidneys so you can try to prevent permanent kidney damage or sepsis, a life-threatening condition.
The most common symptoms of a urinary tract infection are a frequent need to urinate and a burning sensation when urinating. Other symptoms of UTIs include:
If you have any of the above symptoms, along with fever, shaking, or vomiting, your infection may have spread to your kidneys, and you should schedule an appointment at First Care Bossier as soon as possible.
Most urinary tract infections respond to antibiotic treatments. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your physician may prescribe antibiotics for a varying length of time.
If you experience frequent UTIs and you’re postmenopausal, the team at First Care Bossier may suggest vaginal estrogen therapy or additional testing to rule out possible obstructions in your urinary tract.
Drinking cranberry juice or consuming cranberries may prevent UTIs. Other ways to prevent UTIs include drinking plenty of liquids, wiping front to back, and emptying your bladder after intercourse.
If you have a frequent need to urinate along with a burning sensation while urinating, call First Care Bossieror book an appointment online to find out if you have a urinary tract infection.