Are you having a difficult time urinating due to pain or burning? You may be experiencing a urinary tract infection, which often develops without much warning. The team at My Primary Care Clinic in San Marcos, Texas, can see you right away and welcomes walk-ins to help get treatment started quickly. You can also call or book an appointment online.
A urinary tract infection is a bacterial infection that occurs in your bladder, urethra, kidneys, or ureter. The bacteria comes from the urethra, travels to your bladder, and multiplies.
Urinary tract infections are common, but women are more prone to them than men because they have a shorter urethra.
The types of urinary tract infections include:
Cystitis and urethritis are the most common types of urinary tract infections.
Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
If you’re experiencing symptoms, you should get examined right away to start treatment and prevent the infection from spreading to your kidneys.
The team at My Primary Care Clinic treats urinary tract infections with antibiotics. Before prescribing medication, however, they need a urine sample to test for what’s causing your infection. Once they know the source of the bacteria, the team can prescribe the most effective medication.
In addition to taking your antibiotics as prescribed, the team also recommends you drink a lot of water to help clear out the bacteria from your urinary tract and avoid drinks that might irritate your bladder such as coffee, orange juice, and cola.
You can also use a heating pad over your abdomen to reduce discomfort.
If you have chronic urinary tract infections, the team may recommend you take a low-dose antibiotic for six months or longer. Taking antibiotics after intercourse may also help prevent an infection.
If you’re prone to urinary tract infections, you can take steps to help reduce your risk, including:
If you’re experiencing symptoms that might indicate a urinary tract infection, call today or book an appointment online. The clinic also welcomes walk-ins.