Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection services offered in Modesto, CA

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can make a simple trip to the restroom feel like an unbearably painful experience. If you think you have a UTI, or if you have a history of them, Amrik S. Basi, MD, and the leading medical team at Elite Urgent Care in Modesto, California, can help. With a laboratory on-site, they can quickly diagnose you and get you started on the proper treatment. Book your urinary tract infection appointment online, call the clinic to schedule, or walk in during business hours.

What causes a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect your bladder, kidneys, or urethra — or all of these components. This painful infection develops when a bacterial invader enters your urinary tract through your urethra. These bacteria quickly multiply in your bladder and if left untreated, start working their way up into the rest of your urinary tract, including your kidneys.

While a UTI can affect both men and women, you’re more likely to suffer from this infection if you’re female. Urinary tract infections are more common in women because their urethra is short, as compared to men. Plus, their urethra is close to both their vagina and anus, so bacteria from those parts can easily sneak into their urethra.

But your chances of suffering from a painful UTI also increase if you:

  • Use catheters
  • Develop kidney stones
  • Have an enlarged prostate
  • Are going through menopause
  • Have a suppressed immune system

If left untreated, a seemingly minor UTI can potentially affect your kidneys and even lead to permanent kidney damage.

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

One of the most common symptoms of a urinary tract infection is feeling burning while urinating. As your UTI progresses, you may also experience:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Cloudy urine
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Strong urge to urinate
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder

Diagnosing a urinary tract infection generally involves a simple urinalysis, where you have to provide a urine specimen, and possibly a blood sample. Because Elite Urgent Care has a laboratory on-site, your doctor gets your results in minutes, so you can leave the clinic with your UTI treatment plan in hand.

How is a urinary tract infection treated?

Treating a urinary tract infection often requires you to take a prescribed dosage of antibiotics for several days, even long after you stop experiencing symptoms. The type of UTI medication your doctor at Elite Urgent Care prescribes depends on which type of bacteria is affecting your urinary tract system. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids when you have a UTI, so your body can flush away the harmful bacteria.

If you have a complex urinary tract infection, or if you continue getting UTIs, your physician might recommend:

  • Vaginal estrogen therapy
  • Intravenous antibiotics
  • Low-dose antibiotics for several months
  • Single-dose antibiotics to take after sexual intercourse

Your UTI treatment is tailored to your needs and specific infection, so you can feel confident about getting an effective solution at Elite Urgent Care.

Book your urinary tract infection exam at Elite Urgent Care by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the clinic. You can also walk in during business hours for immediate care.