Bacterial infections are extremely common, but the most prevalent, especially in women, is a urinary tract infection (UTI). It is estimated 25% of bacterial infections in women are UTIs. Most UTIs occur due to bacteria entering the urethra, but there are other contributing factors. At Rapid Healthcare, we offer effective UTI treatment and prevention measures for our patients at our clinic in Bolingbrook, IL.
A urinary tract infection or UTI is an infection that may affect the urethra, kidneys, and/or bladder. The urinary system can be infiltrated by bacteria that can lead to infection and inflammation. It is a common condition that is characterized by pain in the abdomen, pressure in the lower pelvis, frequent urination, painful urination, urinating at night, and discoloration of urine, pain during sex, fatigue, fever, and vomiting.
Women are more prone to UTIs due to several factors. The female urethra is shorter, which means a quicker path for bacteria to enter the bladder. The entrance is also closer to the anus, which is a common source of bacteria. However, both men and women can be affected by UTIs, and there are serious risks if a UTI reaches the kidneys. Risk factors include high sexual activity, weakened immune system, use of a catheter and urinary tract abnormalities.
Diagnosis and UTI Prevention
The clinic provides comprehensive and cost-effective ways to diagnose UTIs such as urinalysis and urine culture. If these measures are not effective, the clinic may refer the patient for further testing such as ultrasound, cystoscopy and CT scan. Treatments and preventive measures for UTI that the clinic offers include antibiotics and patient education. Lifestyle changes are encouraged for patients with UTI. Through the telehealth of the clinic, patients will be encouraged to change their lifestyle decisions, follow medications, and check for follow-up.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a urinary tract infection, come see us at Rapid Healthcare. We offer the personalized medical treatment of a primary care facility with the convenience of a walk-in clinic. Contact our office to schedule a same day appointment for UTI treatment or diagnosis at our clinic in Bolingbrook, IL.