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How Do You Know If You Have a Urinary Tract Infection?

How Do You Know If You Have a Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI, is an infection that has occurred in any part of your urinary tract system, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.

During Bladder Health Month this November, our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford wants to share some insight into this common medical condition.

Who Is at Risk for a UTI?

Anyone can develop a urinary tract infection, though they are more common in women due to female anatomy.

A UTI occurs when bacteria enters the body through the urethra and begins to multiply, causing a full range of uncomfortable symptoms.

Symptoms of a UTI

  • Pain in the bladder, groin, lower abdomen or pelvis
  • Pain during urination
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Bladder spasms
  • Cloudy urine
  • Dark urine
  • Persistent urge to urinate
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Cramping

Can a UTI Go Away on Its Own?

Although it is possible for a minor UTI to get better on its own, to ensure the harmful bacteria is fully removed from the body, it's important to seek medical attention. An antibiotic is the usual course of treatment if bacteria is present.

If a UTI is left untreated, the infection can travel outside the urinary tract system into other parts of the body and create a more serious health issue.

Treatment for a UTI

  • Take an antibiotic, if prescribed.
  • Drink plenty of water or unsweetened cranberry juice.
  • Take a probiotic to increase the amount of healthy bacteria in the body.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Increase vitamin C intake.

Do you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of a urinary tract infection? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chelmsfordfor a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!

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