UTI Testing in our Clinics Fountain Valley, CA
What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)? It is a very common type of infection in the urinary system which can involve any part of the system, including the urethra, ureters, bladder, and kidneys.
The urinary tract makes and stores urine, one of the body’s liquid waste products.
Statistics: Urinary tract infections are very common, occurring in 1 out of 5 women sometime in their lifetime.
Symptoms: Some UTIs are symptomatic; others are not. Symptoms typically include needing to urinate often, having pain when urinating and feeling pain in your side or lower back, the need to urinate at night, abnormal urine color (cloudy urine), strong or foul-smelling urine and urgency to urinate.
Who can get a UTI near Santa Ana?
Anyone but more common in women (because they have a shorter urethra)
Older adults (male and female)
Anyone with an underlying condition (diabetes)
UTI’s can be diagnosed with:
Urinalysis: This test will examine the urine for red blood cells, white blood cells, and bacteria. The number of white and red blood cells found in your urine can actually indicate an infection.
Urine culture: A urine culture is used to determine the type of bacteria in your urine. This is an important test because it helps determine the appropriate treatment.
How do we treat the UTI?
Antibiotics are typically used to treat urinary tract infections. Your healthcare provider will pick a drug that best treats the particular bacteria that’s causing your infection. It’s very important that you follow your healthcare provider’s directions for taking medicine. If the infection is not treated completely with the full course of antibiotics, it can return.
How can I prevent getting a UTI?
Practicing good hygiene: always wipe from front to back after a bowel movement.
Drinking plenty of fluid
Empty bladder completely
Urinate frequently, do not hold or delay urinating
Urinating after intercourse
Post-menopausal, check with your provider for some estrogen-containing vaginal cream
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