Your urinary tract plays a crucial role in moving urine and toxins out of your body. But when bad bacteria get inside your system, it can cause a urinary tract infection (UTIs). Most UTIs are centered around the bladder and are not serious. However, if the infection spreads to your kidneys, it can lead to serious health issues.
At 24 Hour Docs, we are here to help diagnose your urinary tract infection early on and treat it effectively. Leaving a UTI untreated is not only painful but can have severe consequences on your health because the bacteria can quickly spread from the urinary tract to the kidneys. Fortunately, our network of skilled and experienced doctors is just a few clicks away from diagnosing your infection and prescribing antibiotics for your urinary tract infection.
What are the Symptoms and Causes of a Urinary Tract Infection?
Infections occur when bacteria – like E. Coli – enter the urinary tract. It can also happen due to wiping in a way that fecal matter gets into the urinary tract. Few people know that UTIs can also be contracted during sexual intercourse, so it’s important to always pee after, to flush out the urinary tract.
The most common symptoms of a UTI are:
- Dark or cloudy urine
- Foul-smelling urine
- Traces of blood in the urine, making it appear pink or red
- Pain while urinating
- Feeling the urge to urinate frequently but you are unable to go
- Vomiting and/or nausea
- Fever and chills
- Heaviness or tenderness in your abdominal area
- Pain in your side or back below your ribs (around the kidney)
This infection can affect any part of your urinary system – your bladder, ureters, urethra, or kidneys. Most UTIs involve the lower urinary tract, e.g., in the urethra and the bladder. Women are at a higher risk of developing a urinary tract infection than men.
This is because women have a shorter urethra than men, which reduces the distance that bacteria must travel to reach the bladder. In addition, if you are using a diaphragm for birth control or you’re going through menopause, you could increase your risk.
How Can an Online Doctor Treat My UTI?
Since UTIs are bacterial infections, they are treated with antibiotics. Our doctors can diagnose your infection based on your symptoms, the length of infection, and medical history.
Your treatment plan will include the necessary antibiotics such as cephalexin, ciprofloxacin, nitrofurantoin, and levofloxacin. At 24 Hour Docs, we will send your prescription to a pharmacy near you where you can either pick it up yourself or have your medication delivered to your doorstep.
How Long Will it Take for Me to Get Better?
Depending on the severity of your infection, the length of antibiotic treatment and its dosage will vary. Generally speaking, antibiotics for a urinary tract infection are prescribed for 3 to 5 days.
And since antibiotics act super fast, you may feel relief from your symptoms within a couple of hours. Ideally, you should start feeling major improvement within 48 hours. However, if your infection doesn’t improve or your symptoms get worse, it is likely you are not suffering from a bacterial infection. In this case, you should book a follow-up appointment with the doctor.
Get Rid Of Urinary Tract Infection Without Leaving Your Home!
Want to avoid driving and navigating traffic for hours just to see a doctor? You can book an appointment with 24 Hour Docs and see a doctor within a few minutes from the comfort of your home. There is no need to wait in lines and spend a whole day to meet a doctor who will barely spend 5 minutes with you.
Our board-certified physicians won’t only prescribe medications but also help you get to the root of the problem so you don’t get a UTI again. For example, a urinary tract infection can also occur if you don’t have enough fluid intake in your body or have diabetes. If you have recurring UTIs, it could indicate a more serious underlying condition, which the doctor will help diagnose and treat.
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