If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you’ll know that, if left untreated, the infection causes debilitating discomfort and can drag on for weeks. We don’t want you to have that experience. Call William Crevier, MD, and Suzanne Deese, MSN, APRN, CNP, at The Center for Primary Healthcare for an appointment for time-sensitive treatment at our office in Orland Park, Illinois.
A urinary tract infection is an infection in the lower urinary tract. More severe UTIs spread to the ureters, bladder, urethra, and kidneys.
It’s possible that your urinary tract infection doesn’t exhibit extreme symptoms. However, you might experience:
These symptoms affect three areas of your urinary system: kidney, bladder, and urethra.
The intensity of your symptoms can vary. It’s important to schedule an appointment as soon as you notice symptoms to avoid their exacerbation.
Untreated UTIs can lead to any of the following:
Preventing urinary tract infections are your best bet to avoid these severe complications.
To prevent the development of a urinary tract infection, you should drink plenty of fluid to dilute your urine and regularly flush out your bladder.
Women should thoroughly wipe from ‘front to back’ after bathroom use, empty their bladder after intercourse, and stay away from bubble baths to avoid bacteria.
Your doctor might recommend antibiotic treatment to get rid of your UTI. The medication dosage and length of the treatment greatly depends on whether your UTI is recurring or if it’s a single infection.
To find out more about urinary tract infection prevention and treatment plans, schedule an appointment with the team at The Center for Primary Healthcare today by phone or online.