One of the most frequent diagnoses in family medicine, a urinary tract infection (UTI) is a condition that accounts for more than 8 million medical visits each year. While it can occur in all kinds of patients, UTIs are much more likely to affect women than men. In fact, a large portion of women will experience at least one at some point or another in her life. If you or someone you love might be dealing with a UTI, come to Lakeview Immediate Care, where you’ll receive fast and effective treatment and care.
What Is a UTI?
Simply put, a UTI is a broad term for an infection in any part of the urinary system, bladder, urethra or kidneys. Most commonly, it affects the bladder and the urethra. This kind of infection typically occurs because bacteria was somehow introduced into the urinary system.
Typical UTI Symptoms and/or Signs
With a UTI, symptoms can range from mild to severe — but, because the infection has potential to spread to the kidneys and cause more serious consequences, it should always be treated quickly. Here are some of the most common symptoms or signs to watch for:
- Frequent, intense need to urinate
- Painful bladder and/or urethra
- Sense of incomplete bladder emptying
- Cloudy, dark and/or bloody urine
- Burning sensations
- Foul smell to urine
- Feeling tired or shaky
- Back or lower abdomen pain
Possible UTI Treatment Options
When you’re dealing with the discomfort of a UTI, you need immediate attention. When you see a doctor, you can expect a thorough analysis of your symptoms and, usually, an analysis of a urine sample. Through this analysis, your doctor can determine what kind of bacteria is causing the infection and, thus, which medications will be most effective at treating it. Antibiotics are the most typical UTI treatment. In order to determine which antibiotics for a UTI to prescribe, doctors will look at your complete health picture. For patients who experience repeated infections, doctors may conduct further testing with an ultrasound, CT scan and/or MRI to rule out any abnormalities in the urinary tract.
Why Come to Lakeview Immediate Care?
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Lakeview Immediate Care is a comprehensive care clinic that offers fast, effective, convenient medical care for all kinds of conditions, right down to kidney and urinary complaints. In order to make it as easy as possible for patients like you to get effective care, we’ve put our clinic in a setting easily accessible via CTA train, bus or car, with a free parking garage next door. When you come into our office, you can count on professional care from experienced physicians. Even without an appointment, most patients are treated within an hour, and we have competitive rates similar to that of a doctor’s office. What’s more, we have on-site testing and laboratory services to make getting a diagnosis faster and more convenient.
If you think you may have an infection and need medical attention, come to Lakeview Immediate Care! We’re here to offer compassionate, personalized care for all of your health needs.
Contact us today to learn more!