Your Aurora urologist will talk with you about your symptoms and take a urine sample to test for bacteria, white blood cells or blood. If you have frequent UTIs, your doctor might recommend additional imaging tests or inserting a scope into your bladder to find out what’s causing the problem.
Once you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor will work with you to decide on the right treatment to meet your needs. Most UTIs can be cured with antibiotics. If you have frequent UTIs, your doctor may recommend a longer course of antibiotics or – if you’re a woman – single-dose antibiotics after sexual intercourse or vaginal estrogen therapy.
If your infection is severe, you may need to stay in the hospital for IV antibiotics and round-the-clock care to prevent kidney damage.