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An urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection of the urethra (the tube by which urine leaves the body), ureters (the tubes that drain urine from the kidneys to the bladder), bladder, or kidneys. Most urinary tract infections clear up quickly with appropriate treatment.
If you have frequent urinary tract infections in the Bay Area, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health who can help treat and prevent this uncomfortable condition. We provide high-quality women’s health services using the latest technology and a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect.
Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria in the urinary tract from:
You can help reduce your risk of developing an urinary tract infection by:
Signs of urinary tract infection include:
If you think you might have an UTI, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. To determine which treatment will work best, your doctor will order a culture of your urine to confirm the presence of bacteria.
Most urinary tract infections go away in a few days after treatment with antibiotics. Your doctor may also give you medicine to help you feel more comfortable as you recover.
If you get more than three urinary tract infections in a year, your doctor may recommend additional antibiotics. If your urinary tract infections tend to occur after sexual intercouse — even if you urinate after sex — a preventive (prophylactic) dose of an antibiotic may be helpful.
Most women feel better soon after beginning treatment, so don’t hesitate to seek out personalized care at any of Dignity Health's Bay Area hospitals.