Urinary Tract Infection Specialist

My Primary Care Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in San Marcos, TX

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.

Urinary Tract Infection Q & A

My Primary Care Clinic

What is a urinary tract infection?

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.

What are the types of urinary tract infections?

The types of urinary tract infections include:

  • Cystitis: infection in the bladder
  • Urethritis: infection in the urethra
  • Pyelonephritis: infection in the kidneys

Cystitis and urethritis are the most common types of urinary tract infections.

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:

  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Having an extreme urge to urinate but being unable to
  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling like you can’t fully empty your bladder
  • Urine with an odd odor
  • Pelvic pain

If you’re experiencing symptoms, you should get examined right away to start treatment and prevent the infection from spreading to your kidneys.

How are urinary tract infections treated?

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.

How can you prevent a urinary tract infection?

If you’re prone to urinary tract infections, you can take steps to help reduce your risk, including:

  • Drinking more fluid, especially water
  • Urinating after intercourse
  • Wiping from front to back after using the toilet

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.