What Is the Best Thing to Do for a Urinary Tract Infection? | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

According to the Urology Care Foundation, UTIs lead to around 8.1 million healthcare visits each year.

During Bladder Health Month this November, our team at AFC Urgent Care Portland want you to know the signs to look for when it comes to having a UTI, as well as ways you can treat the infection as soon as possible!

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How Do You Know If You Have a Urinary Tract Infection?

There are a number of symptoms associated with a urinary tract infection, such as a burning feeling when you urinate. In addition, people might experience the frequent need to urinate, as well as pain or pressure in the back or lower abdomen.

Cloudy, dark, bloody or strange-smelling urine are also signs you might have a urinary tract infection.

Causes of a Urinary Tract Infection

  • E. coli

  • Cystitis

  • Urethritis

  • Pyelonephritis

Can You Prevent UTIs?

Yes, UTIs can largely be prevented. The most important thing you can do is ensure you're using the restroom when your bladder signals you that it's time to go. You also want to be sure to completely rid your body of urine during your bathroom break, so don't rush through.

In addition, you want to make sure you wipe from front to back when using the restroom—and avoid potentially irritating feminine hygiene products.

Treatment for a Urinary Tract Infection

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • Drink unsweetened cranberry juice.

  • Take OTC meds as needed to alleviate discomfort.

  • Get plenty of rest.

  • Take an antibiotic, as prescribed by a doctor.

Do you think you might have a urinary tract infection? Stop by one of our clinics today! No appointment is necessary!