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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Every year in the United States, more than 8.1 million visits are made to a healthcare provider due to urinary tract infections (UTIs). A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria gets into the urine and travels to the bladder, causing an infection. This is a very common infection that affects about 40% of women and 12% of men at some point in their life. Most urinary tract infections are not serious, but some can lead to serious problems if left untreated.

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection

Keep an eye out for the following symptoms if you suspect you have a UTI:

  • An urgency to urinate, even though little comes out when you do
  • A burning sensation while urinating
  • Pain or pressure in the lower abdomen
  • Cloudy, dark, or unusual-smelling urine
  • Fever or chills (this is a sign the infection may have reached your kidneys)

Testing and treatment for a urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infections can become serious if left untreated. Make an appointment to visit an Ogden Clinic urologist, your primary care physician, or local urgent care if you think you have a UTI. You’ll be asked for a urine sample which will be tested for bacteria. Afterward, you will receive antibiotics to kill off the bacteria and may receive other medication to soothe the pain associated with UTIs.

What is a chronic urinary tract infection?

About 20% of women experience a second UTI and some even experience incessant UTIs. A different strain of bacteria is usually the culprit of reoccurring UTIs, although there may be several causes. If you’ve had more than two culture-documented UTIs over a six-month period, make an appointment with an Ogden Clinic urologist.

Ogden Clinic urologists use advanced technology to identify what’s causing repeat infections. This might include a cystoscopy to examine the bladder and urethra or a CT scan of the urinary tract. Your urologist may also choose to obtain culture samples using a catheter for a better reading of the underlying cause.

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