Urinary Tract Infection

OPES Health Channelside

Dentists & Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

Men, women, or children may experience painful urination as a result of a urinary tract infection (UTI), but Victor Cruz, MD of OPĒS Health Channelside expertly diagnoses and treats the problem. Dr. Cruz serves Tampa, Florida and the surrounding area to provide you with a urinary tract infection treatment that you take conveniently at home. Schedule an appointment today using the online tool or by calling the practice to cure your urinary tract infection.

Urinary Tract Infection Q & A

OPES Health Channelside

What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection in the lower or upper portion of the urinary tract. Upper UTIs affect the kidneys, and in rare cases, the ureters. If it affects the lower portion, it can affect the urethra and bladder.

A urinary tract infection usually arises from the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria.

What symptoms does a urinary tract infection cause?

A UTI doesn't always cause symptoms. When it does, you might experience:

  • Strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • Urinating small amounts frequently
  • Burning during urination
  • Cloudy urine
  • Blood in your urine
  • Urine with a strong smell
  • Pelvic pain, in particular, around your pelvis and pubic bone

More serious signs of a UTI include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Discharge

Can you contract a urinary tract infection from sexual intercourse?

If your sexual partner has signs of a UTI, you don't have to refrain from sexual intercourse. This infection doesn't pass from person to person unless the underlying cause of the infection is a sexually transmitted disease like chlamydia or trichomoniasis. However, you're more at risk for developing a UTI if you have different sexual partners or frequent or intense sexual encounters.

Other risk factors are as follows:

  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Diabetes
  • Having a urinary catheter
  • Kidney stones
  • Certain forms of contraception
  • Menopause
  • Heavy use of antibiotics
  • Suppressed immune system

How does a physician diagnose a urinary tract infection?

Usually, Dr. Cruz diagnoses a urinary tract infection based on your symptoms. If further testing is necessary, Dr. Cruz may perform a urinalysis, which consists of collecting a urine sample and possibly sending it to a lab to check for the presence of white blood cells and other signs of UTI.

Imaging testing might also be necessary to check your internal organs.

How does a physician treat a urinary tract infection?

Dr. Cruz may prescribe an antibiotic to clear the infection at no cost to you. The type of antibiotic depends on your medical history and the location of the infection.

If you have symptoms of a UTI, schedule an appointment at OPĒS Health Channelside by using the online tool or calling the office. 

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