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A urinary tract infection, commonly known as a UTI, is most often a bacterial infection in any part of the urinary system including: kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most UTIs involve the bladder and are among the most common infections in people. Women are usually at greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection, but they can occur in men and children as well. If you think you or your child may have a UTI, it is important to seek medical attention. The sooner you receive treatment for a UTI, the less chance it will spread to your kidneys, which can have more serious consequences.
Urinary tract infections can occur when bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply. Bacteria from the GI tract are often the culprit of urinary tract infections. Rarely, patients can have an anatomical reason for frequent urinary tract infections.
There are ways to help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections especially if you happen to be susceptible to them, including:
Occasionally, UTIs do not cause any symptoms. However, most do and the symptoms may include:
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, we urge you to see a physician. At AFC Urgent Care Suffolk, we offer quick, easy and affordable visits with highly trained physicians to diagnose and treat you in your time of need.
If you are experiencing urinary tract infection symptoms, the physician will ask for a urine sample for analysis. The urinalysis will evaluate the white blood cells and bacteria in your urine and the doctor will be able to diagnose and treat your infection. A UTI is usually treated with a course of oral antibiotics and you can expect a full recovery.
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.