Pain or discomfort is the most common symptom of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Generally not feeling well, along with frequent or painful urination, are classic signs of this gynecologic condition.
The women’s health team at Dignity Health Central Coast know that fever, pressure in your abdomen, and certain urine changes also can be a sign of a UTI. If you have urinary tract infection symptoms on California’s Central Coast, Find a Doctor today for caring UTI treatment so that you can get back to enjoying life fully.
Understanding Urinary Tract Causes at Dignity Health Central Coast
A UTI is an infection in your kidney, bladder, ureters, or urethra. Common urinary tract infection causes are:
- Using a catheter
- Changes in your vagina due to menopause or hormonal changes
- Birth control, such as a diaphragm
- Wiping back to front after urinating or bowel movement
- Not emptying your bladder
Together you and your doctor will review these causes and discuss your medical history to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor will ask for a urine sample in order to quickly confirm a UTI diagnosis. The simple urinary tract infection test helps your doctor prescribe the best treatment to get you back on the road to well-being. If you are diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, your doctor will usually prescribe antibiotics taken by mouth.
Helpful Tips for UTI Prevention
If your urinary tract infections keep coming back (recur), your doctor may recommend a preventive (prophylactic) dose of antibiotic and additional testing.
To prevent future UTIs, follow these simple steps:
- Urinate when you feel the urge.
- Urinate after sex.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid douching.
- Wipe front to back.
- Wear loose clothing.
Schedule an appointment at Dignity Health Central Coast for UTI treatment from a caring women’s health doctor at a location near you:
Our providers understand your unique needs and offer personalized care to help you regain and maintain optimal health. Urinary tract infections on California’s Central Coast are treated with humankindness at Dignity Health.