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Everyday Ailments: Caring for a UTI

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What to Know About Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections that happen when bacteria get into your urethra, causing uncomfortable symptoms like pain and a burning feeling when you urinate. If you get a UTI, you’ll likely need an antibiotic to help clear it up.

If you need expert care quickly for UTI symptoms, our urgent care experts are here to help, seven days a week and with no appointment needed.

Common UTI Types and Symptoms

The most common type of UTI is a bladder infection. Signs you have a bladder infection can include:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Frequent urination, or feeling the need to go, even when your bladder is empty
  • Pain or burning feeling when urinating
  • Pressure or cramping in your lower abdomen or groin

A less common type of UTI, which can be more serious, is a kidney infection. Signs you have a kidney infection may include:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Lower back pain
  • Nausea or vomiting

How to Prevent UTIs

Urinary tract infections are more common in women than in men, and some people are more prone to developing them than others. To help prevent UTIs in the future:

  • Avoid products that might be irritating in the genital area, such as douches or powders
  • Drink plenty of water and urinate regularly
  • Urinate after sexual activity
  • Wipe from front to back after going to the restroom

While UTIs can be annoying, they shouldn’t trouble you for long with the right care from a medical professional. If you’re feeling pain or discomfort when you urinate, or you’re worried about other symptoms, stop by your local Centra Care. We’re always nearby to help.

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