Why You Shouldn't Wait to Take Care of a UTI

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a term that includes infections in your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. UTIs are some of the most common bacterial infections in the United States, and about 40% of women and 12% of men get at least one in their lifetime.

UTIs cause pelvic pain, a persistent urge to urinate, and burning sensation with urination. The symptoms are often impossible to ignore. If you think you could have a UTI, don’t wait to take care of it.

A UTI doesn’t go away on its own, but it is treatable with a round of antibiotics. Browlyn Marquez, FNP-C, and our team at Live Urgent Care specialize in UTI treatment and women’s health to help you start feeling better fast.

UTIs are painful

UTIs develop when bacteria builds up or gets trapped somewhere in your urinary system. Both women and men can get UTIs, but they’re more common in women, due to factors like female anatomy, sexual activity, and menopausal changes.

The most noticeable symptom of a UTI is pain. You might feel the pain in your lower abdomen, your bladder, or even in your lower back. Other common symptoms of UTIs include:

If you have a UTI, you might feel the need to urinate frequently, even if you only pass a small amount each time. 

The risks of untreated UTIs

The symptoms of a UTI can be unpleasant, but waiting to seek treatment could increase your risk of other complications. An untreated UTI could spread infection to your kidneys or elsewhere in your body, causing kidney pain, nausea, and fever.

Even if you do get treatment, it’s possible to develop chronic UTI. Chronic UTI is an ongoing infection or infections that keep coming back.

UTIs are treatable

The good news is that seeking treatment for a UTI is easy at Live Urgent Care. We’re equipped to diagnose UTIs and prescribe medication to treat the infection.

UTIs are typically diagnosed with a urine analysis. If we identify an infection, we may prescribe a round of antibiotic medication.

You should start feeling better within a few days of starting the antibiotic, but keep taking the medication as prescribed. Finishing your antibiotic is the only way to ensure that the infection is completely gone and it won’t come back.

If you have chronic UTI, you might need a longer course of low-dose antibiotics. Along with antibiotics, we may recommend at-home urine tests to monitor your condition. We also offer telehealth services for UTI diagnosis and treatment. 

Don’t prolong the pain and discomfort of a UTI. Get a diagnosis and start treatment at Live Urgent Care. Contact us for an appointment. We have locations in Morris Plains, Princeton, Somerset,, and Bellmawr, New Jersey.

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