UTI Specialist

PremiumHealthcare

Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can make going to the bathroom a frequent, painful experience. At Premium Healthcare, skilled practitioners Dr. Jose Rivera Guerrero and Dr. Cristina Perez diagnose UTIs, provide comprehensive treatment, and offer tips on how to prevent future bouts of infection. If you're suffering from a UTI, seek professional medical intervention right away and schedule an appointment at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office by calling or using the online booking tool today.

UTI Q & A

What is a UTI?

A UTI is an infection inside your body’s urinary system, which is responsible for getting rid of excess water and waste. Your urinary system consists of your kidneys, two ureters, and your urethra.

It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, although UTIs are far more common in women, or what age you are, you can get a UTI. There are different types of UTIs with specific signs and symptoms. However, generally, you may have a UTI if you notice symptoms like:

  • Burning or pain when you urinate
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Pressure felt in your lower stomach
  • Bad-smelling urine
  • Cloudy or reddish urine
  • Back pain

If you have a UTI, it’s important that you seek medical attention right away and get treatment.

What causes a UTI?

UTIs are most often the result of bacteria getting into your urinary tract through your urethra and multiplying inside your urinary system. Sexual activity and sexually transmitted diseases are common causes of bladder and urethra infections that lead to UTIs.

Women have a higher risk of UTIs because they have shorter urethras than men, so bacteria don't have to travel as far to reach the bladder. Some forms of birth control and hormonal changes that occur during menopause can also cause UTIs.

How do you prevent a UTI?

Here are some simple measures you can adopt that can help limit your risk of getting UTIs:

  • Urinate right after intercourse
  • Drink lots of water
  • Drink cranberry juice
  • Have your birth control method evaluated by a medical professional
  • Avoid douches and powders in your genital area

How do you treat a UTI?

At Premium Healthcare, medical providers can diagnose a UTI by analyzing a urine sample. After they’ve diagnosed your UTI, the first step is typically prescribing antibiotics. Within a few days of taking medication, your symptoms should start to clear up. Your treatment plan may vary depending on your diagnosis, but shorter courses of treatment entail taking medication for 1-3 days.

In more complicated UTI cases, your provider may prescribe longer courses of treatment and stronger medications.

If you have a UTI and need medical intervention, call or use the online booking tool today and set up an appointment at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.