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Are you experiencing a painful or burning sensation when urinating? Do you feel like you have to urinate all the time, yet nothing comes out? These could be the signs of a urinary tract infection. The medical professionals at Acton Urgent Care in Acton, Massachusetts provide effective and professional care for urinary tract infections in a comfortable, welcoming environment. If you suspect you might have a UTI, don’t wait. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) affects any part of your urinary system, which includes your bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. UTIs most commonly impact the lower urinary tract, which consists of your urethra and bladder.
UTIs don’t always present symptoms. However, when they do, you may experience:
In women, UTIs typically occur when bacteria from outside sources spreads to your vagina during sex or to your urethra. A bacteria found in stool called E.coli is a common cause of UTIs, and can be spread by wiping from back to front. The bacteria can enter your urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder.
In men, bacterial infections of the prostate usually cause UTIs.
In some cases, if the bladder infection isn’t treated, the bacteria can travel from the bladder through the ureters and infect your kidneys. This is called pyelonephritis, and can have severe, sudden symptoms like pain in the back or side, nausea, and frequent urination. A kidney infection needs prompt treatment.
If you think you have a urinary tract infection, visit Acton Urgent Care for immediate treatment and relief. A licensed medical professional will provide a thorough examination and test your urine for bacteria that typically cause UTIs.
If your urine sample contains UTI-causing bacteria, the doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and may prescribe a painkiller based on your level of discomfort.
As with all medication, make sure you complete the entire prescribed cycle of antibiotics, even after you start to feel better. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to help flush the bacteria from your system.
If you’re experiencing the often painful symptoms of a urinary tract infection, visit Acton Urgent Care for prompt, caring treatment.