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The adult human body passes about 1.5 quarts of urine every 24 hours, so the last thing you need is for those several trips to the bathroom to be excruciatingly uncomfortable. If you experience the telltale signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI), you need to get help before a major annoyance can turn into a major health scare. Fortunately, Friendswood, Texas UTI sufferers can turn to our skilled compassionate staff here at Twin Oaks Urgent Care to get their condition under control as quickly and effectively as possible.
The urinary tract makes use of tubes called ureters to pass urine from the kidneys to the bladder, which then holds the urine until it can be expelled through another tube called the urethra. Since one end of this system leads to the outside world, bacteria can easily creep in and create an infection anywhere along the line. Women experience this problem more frequently than men because of the shorter length of the female urethra. The usual symptoms of a mild to moderate UTI include cloudy or discolored urine, frequent sense of urinary urgency (whether you really need to go or not) and a painful or burning sensation during urination (and for males, sometimes during ejaculation). If the infection moves toward the kidneys, you may also suffer from fever and lower back pain.
UTIs are more likely if you're not drinking enough water to flush bacteria out of your system or not being careful about bathroom hygiene. Certain sexually-transmitted microorganisms can also produce urinary tract infections. UTIs can occur in children as well as adults.
If you are struggling with the pain and other symptoms associated with a urinary tract infection, you need to seek prompt attention and treatment from our Friendswood, Texas team at Twin Oaks Urgent Care. The longer you wait to deal with the problem, the greater the chance that the infection will move to your kidneys and grow into a life-threatening emergency. Untreated, out-of-control infections can cause problems such as urethral narrowing in men, recurring bouts of future UTIs in women and permanent kidney damage in both sexes.
The good news is that urinary tract infections generally respond well to antibiotics. Our team will first confirm the infection by taking a "clean catch" (mid-stream) urine sample from clean genitals, which ensures that outside agents don't affect the findings. The exact choice of antibiotic to be described is then determined by trying different antibiotics against your strain of bacteria to see which one works best. we may also recommend self-care practices such as increasing your water intake, drinking cranberry juice, avoiding sugary and alcoholic beverages and minimizing the use of feminine hygiene products that might make you more vulnerable to UTIs. Women are also advised to wipe from front to back in order to prevent contamination of the urinary system.
Get the UTI diagnosis, treatment and advice you need today. Visit Twin Oaks Urgent Care in Friendswood, Texas and call us at (832) 569-4390!