A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system, such as your kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. It’s most common for your infection to involve the lower urinary tract, which includes the bladder and urethra.
Your urinary tract infection won’t always have signs and symptoms. But when it does, your symptoms could include:
Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria in your anal region spreads to your vagina and urethra due to their proximity to each other. Bacteria, like E.coli, can enter your urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. If your bladder infection doesn't get treated, the bacteria can infect your kidneys.
There are several steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting a UTI, which include:
Dr. Dotson tests your urine for bacteria that typically causes UTIs. If your urine sample comes back positive, she prescribes antibiotics to kill off the infection.
It’s important to finish off the prescribed cycle of medicine completely — even if you feel like your infection is gone before you finish the pack. Dr. Dotson recommends drinking lots of water to help flush the bacteria from your system. She can prescribe medication to help with pain as well.
If you suspect you might be suffering from a urinary tract infection, call Dr. Dotson or schedule an appointment online.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!