UTI Dyer: How to Recognize and Treat This Common Infection

The term urinary tract infection, or UTI, refers to infections in any part of the urinary system (the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra). UTIs are very common and can affect anyone who has a urinary tract, so here are some things you need to know about UTIs from UTI Dyer.

Symptoms of a UTI:


A UTI is when the urinary tract gets infected. Symptoms of a UTI are: painful or difficult urination, fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, change in urine color (blood in the urine or concentrated dark), strong smelly urine or blood in the semen. It can be hard to tell if you have a UTI because it is not usually an emergency so there may not be any other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting. If you have these other symptoms then you should visit your doctor right away.
A UTI can lead to more serious infections by making their way into your bladder.

Types of Infections:


Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are infections of the urinary tract. This can affect any part of the body’s urinary system. Most commonly they occur in the bladder but in severe cases can spread to the kidneys. Here are three things that indicate you might have a UTI: 1) Frequent urination (even if you do not feel like going); 2) Lower abdominal pain; 3) Blood in your urine. If you think you have a UTI it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible! Your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics which can take a few days before they start working, so be sure that if you start feeling better before your antibiotic prescription is finished it is important to call your doctor right away.

Treatment Options:


Treatment for a UTI typically depends on how severe the infection is. For less severe cases, doctors may prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection within two days. However, if it worsens, or symptoms last longer than three days, antibiotic therapy may be combined with additional treatments. In extreme cases, bladder stones could develop. Surgery may be required if scar tissue has built up in the urinary tract or when urine flow is restricted by an obstruction in the urethra. Let’s break down these seven sentences for clarity: -Treatment for a UTI typically depends on how severe the infection is. -For less severe cases, doctors may prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection within two days.

Preventing Recurrence:


The most common symptom of a UTI is frequency, or the need to urinate more often than usual. Other symptoms include intense pain or burning while urinating, hematuria (blood in the urine), painful erection, nocturia (nighttime urination), and urgency without results. If these symptoms persist for over a day, contact your doctor immediately. Treatment includes drinking lots of fluids, using antibiotics if necessary, and hydration with substances like bicarbonate or cranberry juice that are known to aid in alleviating some types of UTIs.