A UTI is an infection in part of your urinary tract. Bacteria can move from the urethra to the bladder, and then to the kidney. If the kidney becomes infected, this can cause a serious infection that can sometimes require hospitalization. This makes it important to be seen by a provider as soon as possible after noticing symptoms. If Bridgercare is not an option, seek care at another facility like a hospital or an urgent care.
Symptoms can include pain or stinging while urinating, a strong urge to urinate, needing to urinate more frequently, feeling unable to empty your bladder completely, pressure in the lower belly and/or lower back pain, urine that smells bad, urine that looks milky, cloudy, or reddish, or a fever. Testing for a UTI includes a urinalysis, which is a test that looks for cells and certain chemicals in the urine and can be done in the clinic. A urine culture may then be recommended, which checks for bacteria in the urine.
UTIs are treated with antibiotics. Urinating right after intercourse can help reduce the risk of UTI, as well as drinking plenty of water.
Even if you have had a UTI in the past, you may need to be seen for another visit for a new infection to determine the cause of the symptoms and determine which treatment would work best for you.