UTI St. John: How to Spot and Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common medical conditions in the United States, affecting millions of people every year. Fortunately, there are things you can do to lower your risk of developing UTIs and better treat them if they do happen to strike. We’ll discuss some ways you can prevent UTIs and how to respond if you develop one at home or in the workplace at St. John Urinary Tract Infection Center in St. John, Minnesota.

Causes of UTIs
With so many different bacteria in the environment, it’s not surprising that some will take up residence in your urinary tract and cause an infection. These infections are usually due to Escherichia coli (E. coli) or staphylococcus aureus bacteria but can also be caused by other infectious organisms such as yeast or the viruses responsible for bladder infections (cystitis). Women who have vaginas are at higher risk of getting a UTI than men because of the small opening of the urethra which can trap bacteria, but UTIs happen all over for people with penises as well. Plus women might also experience irritation that leads to bacterial growth during their menstrual cycles from tampons, menstrual cups, overuse of douches, etc.

Symptoms Of A UTI:


When it comes to a UTI, the symptoms that can occur depend on the severity of the infection and where it is located in the urinary tract. Some common symptoms are pain or burning when urinating, cloudy urine, fever or chills, abdominal pain with nausea or vomiting, changes in bowel habits (such as diarrhea), pink vaginal discharge in women, blood in the urine for both men and women, persistent urge to pee despite having just gone to the bathroom which often results in the inability to fully empty bladder resulting in frequent accidents such as bedwetting or incontinence. If these symptoms last for more than two days without getting better you should see your doctor because there is a high chance that they are caused by a UTI.

When To See Your Doctor?


If you experience the symptoms of a UTI it’s important to visit your doctor as soon as possible. There are many different factors that can affect the severity of your UTI so the sooner you catch it, the better. A UTI should be taken seriously and can lead to a kidney infection if left untreated so don’t put off seeking medical attention for these types of infections!
Many women believe that when they experience UTIs it is because they have bladder infections or have given themselves a urinary tract infection by not wiping well enough after going to the bathroom, but these beliefs are incorrect.

Preventing Repeat Infections:


One of the most effective ways to avoid repeating UTI St. John infections is by cutting back on caffeine intake or stopping it altogether since it can interfere with the bladder’s muscle contractions which are needed for it to flush out urine, sending more urine into the bladder for a longer time increasing your chances of developing a UTI St. John infection when exposed to bacteria such as E Coli. Other suggestions are: try not sleeping directly after eating (which can cause urination problems) or eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains which are high in fiber that may help flush bacteria from your system.

Treatment Options:


If you have a UTI, the first thing you should do is drink more water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, or artificial sweeteners which can irritate your bladder. If you have severe symptoms including blood in your urine, fever, or a strong urge to urinate but nothing comes out call your doctor as soon as possible. More serious infections need to be treated with antibiotics like ciprofloxacin and nitrofurantoin which are available by prescription from doctors at UTI St. John if they are prescribed by a licensed physician within the organization’s network coverage area or through mail order that provides delivery of prescription medicines directly from a pharmacy partner provider’s brick-and-mortar location.

Concluding Remarks:


The first sign of a UTI is usually intense pain or pressure in the bladder area accompanied by blood in the urine or painful urination. If these symptoms persist, seek medical attention as soon as possible! Urine cultures can be taken by your physician during a routine physical examination or if you have symptoms consistent with UTIs. Treatment will vary from person to person but typically includes antibiotics taken orally for 5-7 days, such as amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium (Augmentin), Bactrim, doxycycline (Vibramycin), Minocin, Rocephin, erythromycin (Erythrogel) and/or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim).