Seek Relief from Common Urinary Conditions
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common urinary condition that when left untreated can cause excruciating abdominal pain, fever, kidney infection, or even permanent kidney damage. At First Med Immediate Medical Care in Flushing, NY, our doctors understand the importance of treating urinary conditions quickly and effectively. Addressing a UTI in its earliest stages can provide quick relief as well as help prevent other serious conditions from developing. During your consultation, our doctors can also provide a list of recommendations to prevent UTIs from reoccurring.
What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common urinary condition that can occur in either your urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. Although it primarily affects one out of every two women at some point in their life, it can still occur in men. Once you are diagnosed with a UTI, you have a greater chance of developing a reoccurring infection, which is why preventative measures and diagnosing early side effects are important.
Signs and Symptoms
Common side effects of a UTI may include:
- Burning sensation when you urinate
- Fever or chills
- Cloudy or strange-smelling urine
- Dark or bloody urine
- Abdominal pressure and bloating
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Lower back pain
- Nausea or vomiting
Common Causes of a Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections are often the result of bacteria entering the opening of the urinary tract or through the bloodstream and into the kidneys. Studies have shown that over 85% of UTIs are caused by unaddressed and unhealthy bacteria in the intestines or vagina. When bacteria are not the culprit, UTIs have also been linked to viruses, yeast infections, or parasites.
Addressing a UTI in its earliest stages can provide quick relief as well as help prevent other serious conditions from developing.
You may be at a greater risk for developing a UTI if you:
- Have kidney stones
- Have an enlarged prostate
- Have unprotected sexual intercourse
- Have a malfunctioning bladder
- Have a poorly functioning valve between the ureter and bladder
- Have a urinary catheter
- Follow improper wiping techniques
- Use a diaphragm containing spermicide
Treating and Preventing a Urinary Tract Infection
Once a UTI occurs, it is important to visit the doctor as soon as possible to prevent further complications from developing. During your consultation, the doctor will perform a series of texts and x-rays, as well as examine your urine to provide a diagnosis. If a UTI is detected, the doctor will generally prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection, as well as review measures to prevent a UTI from reoccurring. Recommendations may include:
- Hygiene: Avoid taking baths or sitting in contaminated water for prolonged periods of time. Always wipe from front to back so as to avoid transmitting bacteria from the anus to the opening of the vagina.
- Clothing: Change out of wet or sweaty clothing immediately and avoid wearing tight and non-breathable underwear and pants.
- Diet: Increase your water intake and add cranberry into your diet via juice or pill.
- Sexual Activity: Empty the bladder immediately after intercourse, increase water intake, and avoid using spermicides.
Prevent UTIs and Other Urinary Problems
You may have a UTI if you are having difficulty urinating or if you have extreme pain and cramping. To prevent further issues from occurring, it is vital that you contact our practice online or by calling (718) 224-8855 as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.