Have you been needing to urinate more frequently than normal? When you urinate, do you experience pain or a burning sensation? Does your urine smell strongly, or is it cloudy, bright pink, red, or cola-colored? If so, you might have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Jovive Health offers UTI testing and treatment at our urgent care clinic in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
What Does Urinary Tract Infection Treatment Involve?
When you visit a medical provider about a suspected UTI, they’ll likely perform a physical examination and ask you about your medical history and any symptoms you’ve been experiencing. They may also order UTI testing, which often involves taking a urine sample.
If UTI testing confirms that you have an infection, the provider will recommend a customized course of treatment. In many cases, UTI treatment involves taking an antibiotic. It’s important to take all of the prescribed doses, since stopping an antibiotic too soon could cause any remaining bacteria to become resistant to the medication. The provider may also recommend:
- Using a heating pad to relieve any pain or discomfort
- Drinking plenty of fluids to help flush out the bacteria causing your UTI
- Avoiding soda and coffee, since caffeine can irritate the bladder
Are You Experiencing Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms?
If so, it’s important that you consult with an experienced medical provider as soon as possible. Failing to address UTI symptoms can allow your condition to worsen, so visit Jovive Health today for prompt UTI testing and treatment. Our Chicago, IL, clinic located in South Loop—which is open seven days per week—offers same-day reservations and also accepts walk-in patients.