Melrose Park Immediate Care

Internists & Rheumatology located in Melrose Park, IL

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common condition that causes discomfort. A UTI can be mild, however, if left untreated, it can develop into a more complex problem. Gowhar Khan, MD, of Melrose Park Immediate Care, offers diagnosis and treatment of UTIs for men and women of Melrose Park, Illinois, and the surrounding area. If you think you may have a UTI, call or schedule an appointment online with their office today.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects any part of your urinary system, which is the mechanism in your body that produces urine and removes it from your body. The urinary system includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. UTIs most often affect the lower part of the urinary tract, meaning the urethra and the bladder.

UTIs are caused by bacteria from the large intestine that invade the urinary system. Contamination of the urinary tract most often happens as you wipe after having a bowel movement or during sexual intercourse.

Who is at risk of getting a UTI?

Women are at a significantly higher risk than men for getting a UTI due to their anatomy, which poses a higher risk for contamination of the urinary tract.

Other risk factors include:

  • Use of urinary catheters
  • Use of a diaphragm or spermicide for birth control
  • Menopause
  • Sexual intercourse

Older adults who have difficulty maintaining effective hygiene after having a bowel movement or urinating are also at higher risk of getting a UTI.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

You may have a UTI if you have symptoms such as:

  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • Dark, cloudy, or odd-smelling urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Pain or pressure in your low abdomen
  • Pain or pressure in your low back
  • Fever or chills
  • Fatigue or lower than normal energy level
  • The frequent sensation of needing to urinate
  • Abnormal leaking of urine

If you think you may have a UTI, it is essential for you to be evaluated to prevent worsening of your infection or damage to your urinary tract, including your kidneys.

What is the treatment for a UTI?

Dr. Khan or a member of his team at Melrose Park Immediate Care evaluates your symptoms and orders a urine test to confirm a diagnosis of a UTI.

If you test positive, they order oral antibiotics and encourage you to increase your fluid intake. They may recommend a follow-up appointment to recheck your urine.

To avoid frequent UTIs, women should wipe front to back after using the restroom and urinate immediately after having sexual intercourse. Men, women, and children should seek treatment if you think you may have symptoms of a UTI.

If you suspect you have a UTI, call or schedule an appointment with Melrose Park Immediate Care today.