Urgent Care for UTI Symptoms

Do you have UTI symptoms? We can help!

If you are experiencing burning during urination or an increased feeling of urinary urgency, these may be symptoms of a UTI or another common infection. These types of infections can lead to more serious complications, like a kidney infection, if left untreated. 

It is important to seek medical attention and start treatment as soon as possible. At GoHealth Urgent Care we can help diagnose you at the first sign of a UTI, so you can feel better faster. 

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Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Symptoms

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a type of infection that occurs in the urinary system, most commonly in the bladder and urethra. UTIs are caused when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply. This eventually leads to an infection. 

These infections are more common in women because the female urethra is shorter than a male’s, making it easier for bacteria to enter the bladder. Nonetheless, UTIs can occur in men as well. UTIs can be painful and uncomfortable. They can cause serious complications if left untreated without medical treatment

UTI symptoms for women and men can have some commonalities. These may include:

  • Strong, persistent, urge to urinate, even when you just emptied your bladder
  • Passing small amounts of urine 
  • Burning or pain during urination
  • Cloudy looking urine
  • Red or pink-colored urine
  • Urine with a strong smell

A UTI symptom for women may also show up as pain in the pelvic area. UTI symptoms for men can differ and may sometimes overlap with other prostate symptoms. Evaluating the underlying cause of the symptoms you are experiencing is essential to getting the right treatment.
Depending on the location of the infection other symptoms may also occur. For example, if the infection is in the kidneys, you might experience back or side pain, fever, chills, nausea or vomiting in addition to the symptoms described above. 

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Urinary Tract Infections: Causes

UTIs are commonly caused by a bacteria called Escherichia coli (E.coli). This type of bacteria lives in our digestive tract and due to women’s anatomy, it can be easily transferred to the urethra. 
Sexual intercourse can increase the chance of UTIs in women, but that is not always the cause. Menopause, pregnancy, and certain types of birth control may also increase the chance of UTIs.

Other causes of UTI symptoms for men and women include: 

  • Blockages, like kidney stones or prostate problems for men
  • Urinary tract abnormalities
  • Suppressed immunity 
  • Catheter use
  • Recent urinary surgery or procedure

While you can experience different causes and symptoms of UTIs, medical treatment is required to help prevent complications. 

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UTI Diagnosis and Treatment Options

The process of diagnosing a UTI can depend on your medical history. For some, a Virtual Visit evaluation may suffice to help you get the treatment you need.

An in-center physical exam may be required, especially if you’ve never been diagnosed with a UTI before. The physical exam may involve: 

  • Evaluation of your medical history and frequency of UTIs.
  • Urinalysis to look for white blood cells, red blood cells and bacteria.
  • For more frequent UTIs, your provider may recommend an ultrasound, CT scan or MRI to determine the underlying cause.

Most UTIs are treated with antibiotics. The type of antibiotic you will need depends on the type of bacteria that is present and your medical history. Depending on the severity of your UTI symptoms, you may also be prescribed medication to numb your symptoms. Symptoms should resolve within a few days of starting the antibiotics, though the full course of the prescription should be completed. 

If you are experiencing frequent UTIs, further evaluation and treatment may be required. Fortunately, we can quickly refer you to the right provider in our network.

If you have had a UTI, you may be wondering how to prevent a UTI from coming back. 

Prevention is important and possible when it comes to UTIs. A few things that can help with UTI prevention include:

  • Staying well hydrated. Aim to drink at least eight cups of water a day.
  • Washing hands before and urinating every time after sexual activity.
  • Wiping from front to back after using the restroom.
  • Taking bathroom breaks to urinate at least every four hours.
  • Considering a preventive antibiotic or probiotic.
  • Applying vaginal estrogen cream in postmenopausal women.

These few simple lifestyle changes can help you reduce the frequency of painful UTIs. 

Other Conditions GoHealth Urgent Care Treats

Painful urination or pain in the pelvic area can not only be a sign of a UTI, but also other genital or urinary-related conditions. At GoHealth Urgent Care we can help with those as well. 

Other medical conditions we can help diagnose and treat include:

  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (testing and treatment)
  • Vaginal discomfort
  • Kidney stones
  • Other urinary problems

Note that we do not offer pap smears, HPV testing or other routine annual gynecological visits. We would be happy to connect you with an in-network provider if needed.

For more information about how GoHealth Urgent Care can help you and the services offered, please visit our services page

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between a UTI and a yeast infection?

UTIs and yeast infections are both common infections in women. Both can cause pain and discomfort in the vaginal or genital area. Yeast infections are caused by the overgrowth of a type of fungus called Candida inside the vagina, not the urinary tract. Symptoms include:

  • White discharge from the vagina
  • Burning or itching of the vagina 
  • Pain during urination or sex

While these may be similar to the symptoms of a UTI, they require a different type of treatment. If you are not sure if you have a UTI or a yeast infection, schedule your visit at one of our convenient locations today. 

Does cranberry juice help UTIs?

Cranberries have many health benefits, one of which may be to support urinary health, but the medical research on this remains inconclusive. Cranberry juice or supplements are not a cure for UTIs. Once the infection sets in, the only way to treat a UTI is with antibiotics. 

Does urinating after sex reduce the chance of UTIs?

Yes, urinating after sex can help flush out some of the bacteria that may have moved into the urethra. If you are having frequent UTIs, you should urinate before sex as well.

Can UTI symptoms linger after antibiotics?

If you have completed your entire round of antibiotics, UTI symptoms should completely resolve. If symptoms persist, schedule another visit to your provider for further evaluation and treatment. 

The best way to remedy the symptoms of a UTI is by taking your full course of antibiotics as prescribed, even if your symptoms resolve.

How much does urgent care cost for UTI treatment?

The cost of an urgent care visit for UTI treatment will vary depending on your health insurance. We are in-network with most insurance plans.