Urinary Tract Infection Treatment in Wisconsin
What is a Urinary Tract Infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection anywhere in your urinary tract. A UTI can occur in your kidneys, bladder, ureters or urethra, but most infections involve the bladder and urethra.
Most UTIs are more annoying than harmful, but if the infection spreads to another area, such as your kidneys, serious complications can result.
Some UTIs are silent, meaning they don’t cause any noticeable symptoms. But some people with a UTI will experience symptoms, such as:
- A strong urge to urinate that doesn’t go away even after urinating
- Frequent urination, often in small amounts
- A burning sensation during urination
- Strong-smelling urine
- Cloudy urine
- Pink, red or brown urine (which is a sign of blood in the urine)
- Pain (most often pelvic pain in women and rectal pain in men)
Diagnosing a Urinary Tract Infection
Most UTIs can be diagnosed by testing a urine sample for bacteria, white blood cells or blood. Urine cultures may also be performed on the urine sample to pinpoint the type of bacteria responsible for the infection. If you have recurrent UTIs, your doctor may also recommend additional testing, such as imaging tests or inserting a scope into your bladder. These tests can help identify any potential abnormalities that may be causing your UTIs.
UTI Treatment Options
Your treatment will vary depending on the severity of your UTI and whether or not it is a first-time infection or a recurrent one. Most UTIs are treated with antibiotics. Different antibiotics and lengths of treatment will be prescribed based upon the type of bacterium causing the UTI. If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic, make sure you take all of it – even if you start feeling better.
If you have frequent UTIs, your doctor may recommend a longer course of antibiotics, single-dose antibiotics after sexual intercourse (if your UTIs are related to sexual intercourse), or vaginal estrogen therapy.
Because of the potential for kidney damage and other complications, severe infections may require a hospital stay so you can receive IV antibiotics and round-the-clock care.
How Do I Schedule a Consultation With a Urology Specialist?
To schedule a consultation or appointment with a urology specialist at Aurora, call one of the urology offices directly. View the list of Aurora urologists.