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A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a very common infection that affects the tube by which urine leaves the body (urethra), the tubes that drain urine from the kidneys to the bladder (ureters), the bladder, or the kidneys. Most urinary tract infections can be cleared up quickly with the right treatment.
If you get frequent urinary tract infections in Northern California, Find a Doctor who will treat you with a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect. Dignity Health North State offers a range of women’s services in gynecology and breast health.
Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria that enters the urinary tract from:
Signs of a urinary tract infection include:
If you have the symptoms of a urinary tract infection, you should see your doctor right away. You will need a test to confirm the presence of bacteria and to figure out which antibiotic is best. Oral antibiotics can cure most urinary tract infections in a few days. Your doctor may also give you medicine to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. Most women feel better soon after beginning treatment.
If you get more than three urinary tract infections in a year, you may need additional treatment or antibiotics. Your doctor may order tests to determine why you are getting so many infections. If you tend to get urinary tract infections after sex, even when you urinate after intercouse, a prophylactic dose of antibiotic may help prevent infection.
You may be able to prevent urinary tract infections by:
Talk to a Dignity Health North State women’s health specialist to get the personal care you deserve.
Dignity Health North State provides comprehensive treatment for urinary tract infections in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.