Frequent pain or burning sensations when urinating may indicate a urinary tract infection (UTI). Melissa J. Cupid, MD, diagnoses and provides treatment for UTIs at Cupid Family Practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. She provides the community with in-office urine testing to confirm infections and customized therapies to ensure the condition clears completely. Learn more about testing and treatment for UTIs, call the office or schedule an appointment by using the online booking feature.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, urethra, and ureters. Women are more susceptible to developing a UTI than men due to the structure of their urinary tract. The most common UTIs occur in the bladder and urethra.
UTIs are typically the result of bacteria found in stool. You can spread this bacteria through improper wiping methods when using the bathroom or during sexual activity. If the bacteria travels into the urinary tract, it can develop into an infection.
UTIs may also develop if you use certain types of birth control, such as a diaphragm, or because of hormonal changes during menopause.
The most common symptom of a urinary tract infection is a burning sensation each time you urinate. Other common symptoms of a UTI include:
Because the symptoms of UTIs can resemble other medical conditions. Dr. Cupid reviews your medical history and may order additional testing to rule out underlying conditions.
To make a diagnosis, Dr. Cupid performs a simple urine test to check for the presence of elevated red or white blood cells, or bacteria. She may order imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or X-ray, to check for structural defects that cause recurrent UTI infections.
Dr. Cupid typically prescribes a course of antibiotics to clear a UTI. For mild to moderate infections, your symptoms should resolve with antibiotics within a few days.
You should also drink plenty of water each day to flush bacteria out of your urinary tract. Avoid coffee, sodas, and other caffeinated beverages during your treatment to avoid irritating your bladder and urinary tract.
If the infection is more severe and affects the function of your bladder or kidneys, Dr. Cupid may recommend a hospital stay to administer intravenous (IV) medications and antibiotics to clear the infection and keep you comfortable.
If you have frequent infections in your urinary tract, Dr. Cupid may recommend a treatment plan to prevent future occurrences. Treatment may require low-dose antibiotics for several months.
Don’t delay treatment for a urinary tract infection. Schedule an evaluation online or by calling Dr. Cupid’s office directly.