Urinary Tract Infections Treated in Lombard, IL
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can occur if bacteria invade one or more of the organs that produce urine and carry it out of the body. Most UTIs develop when bacteria that normally reside in the digestive tract spread from the anus to the urethra, then enter the bladder. Although the bacteria are harmless—and even beneficial—when in the gastrointestinal system, they can cause problems if they get into the urinary tract. Once there, the bacteria can multiply, produce toxins, and cause inflammation. Bacteria can also spread from the bladder to the ureters and kidneys, causing a more serious infection.
Because urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria, they require antibiotic treatment, which must be prescribed by a doctor. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention right away if you suspect that you have a UTI. You can receive the prompt and effective treatment you need at Jovive Health in Lombard, Illinois.
How Do You Know If You Have a UTI?
A telltale sign of a urinary tract infection is burning during urination. Other symptoms can include:
- A strong or persistent urge to urinate
- Frequent passage of a small amount of urine
- Cloudy, pink, red, or cola-colored urine
- Odorous urine
- Pelvic pain or pressure (in women)
A urinary tract infection in the kidneys can also cause fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and pain in the back, side, or groin. If left untreated, a kidney infection can lead to serious complications, such as kidney damage and sepsis.
How Can You Resolve a UTI?
If your provider at Jovive Health confirms that you have a UTI and prescribes an antibiotic to treat it, it will be important for you to take the medication exactly as directed. This means you will need to complete the entire course of antibiotics—even if you start to feel better before you finish. This can happen because the effects of antibiotics often become apparent very quickly, even though the underlying infection has not completely cleared.
As you recover from your UTI, you should drink plenty of water to dilute your urine and reduce the concentration of bacteria in your urinary tract. Increasing your fluid intake will also cause you to urinate more frequently and help to flush the bacteria out of your body.
Receive Treatment Today
If you have symptoms of a UTI, come to Jovive Health. We have an office conveniently located at 601 E. Roosevelt Rd. in Lombard, IL, and our experienced team is available to treat urinary tract infections every day during extended hours. You can also book a same-day reservation.