Bacteria can be a brutal enemy in the body, and few are as painful as those that target the urinary system. Both men and women can be susceptible, but a urinary tract infection is most often seen in women.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) has symptoms that are hard to miss. Burning when urinating, frequent urge to urinate, small amounts being passed, strong smelling urine, cloudy urine, pink, red or brown urine and pelvic pain are all symptoms that you may be experiencing a UTI.
Here are 3 things you need to know about urinary tract infections:
- It won’t go away on its own
If you are in pain and having difficulty urinating, you need to come to Advance ER right away. Antibiotics are necessary to kill the bacteria to help prevent a recurring case or complications.
“A UTI can be extremely painful, so most people naturally know to come in to Advance ER. However, some people delay coming in until the infection spreads to the kidneys,” said Advance ER physician Dr. Thomas Vo. “Once it’s in the kidneys, it becomes more serious and can take longer to treat. The pain is also increased. With our fast access to top physicians, it makes sense to come in before it gets to that point. Our on-site labs can quickly turn around the results so we know what we’re dealing with and take appropriate action.”
- You may be causing it without knowing it
If you’ve experienced a UTI, you probably want to know what caused it. The causes of urinary tract infections can be anything that makes conditions ripe for bacterial growth including:
- Improper wiping technique. In the bathroom, wipe front to back to keep the bacteria from being introduced into the urethra.
- Sexual intercourse can introduce bacteria into the urethra. Having different partners can also increase your risk.
- Certain kinds of birth control, such as diaphragms, may be a cause.
- Waiting too long to urinate can, over time, stretch out the bladder’s muscles and cause incomplete emptying of the bladder.
- Feminine hygiene sprays, douches and other things may increase your risk.
To prevent UTIs, be conscious of cleanliness with habits such as good wiping hygiene. Drink plenty of water. Urinating after intercourse might help cleanse any bacteria that were introduced. Avoid irritating feminine hygiene or birth control items. Slacks that aren’t too tight that allow some air circulation can also help.
“Preventing a UTI is pretty difficult, especially for women since their anatomies are prone to vulnerability to bacteria,” said Dr. Vo. “So when you do get a UTI, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. We’re here to help.”
A UTI follows no schedule. That’s why Advance ER is open 24/7 to help you get the right treatment right away before the pain escalates. “Your board-certified physician at Advance ER can provide you with the right care at the right time to help you get back to feeling better again,” said Dr. Vo.
Pelvic pain and burning when urinating are not symptoms to ignore. Come to Advance ER right away.
Advance ER is available in two locations for your convenience:
Advance ER – Galleria Area
Advance ER – Park Cities
Meet Dr. Vo:
Thomas Vo, M.D., FAAEM, is board-certified in emergency medicine. He received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine in Rootstown, OH. He completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oaks, MI. He has served in hospital ERs across Texas.
Dr. Vo enjoys participating in physical activities, playing guitar and spending time with his wife and four children.
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