Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) are very common amongst women and adolescent girls, although men can experience them as well. Urinary tract infections are also known as bladder infections, but can negatively affect any part of the urinary tract. Sometimes they be caused by sexually transmitted bacteria. Urinary tract infections are also reported as the most common types infections. But common does not mean that they should be taken lightly. If not treated, complications of a UTI can occur and affect the kidneys. Potential damage of the kidneys can become very serious, so we suggest seeking medical attention to avoid complications of a UTI.
What are common symptoms of a UTI?
- Urge to urinate frequently and immediately
- Burning with urination
- Cloudy or Bloody Urine
- Unpleasant or strong urine smell
- Bladder or back pain
- Fever, chills
What are the complications of a UTI?
- Urinary strictures
- Kidney Failure
- Kidney damage
- Bladder cancer (rarely)
- Possible fatality
If not treated quickly, or correctly, complications of a UTI can result in any of the above list. If your urinary tract infection has progressed this far, please seek medical attention immediately.
Treating a UTI
If the above listed complications of a UTI have not occurred, there’s a good chance that your infection can be treated somewhat easily. Staying hydrated by drinking more water, as well as cranberry juice are the most common. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of a UTI. We would also suggest using a heating pad on the stomach or back for 15-minute intervals. (Be sure not to overheat the area). If you do seek medical attention at the time of the first symptoms, you may be prescribed an antibiotic.
If you are experiencing the early symptoms of a UTI, or signs of complications of a UTI please visit us at any of our 3 Danbury walk in urgent care centers before it progresses: 2 Main Street, 100 Mill Plain Road or our newest center, 76 Newtown Road, 7 days a week. We can help. Walk-ins welcome!