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Urinary Tract Infection

Spokane Urology

Urologists located in Spokane, WA & Spokane Valley, WA

A burning sensation while urinating, increased urinary urgency, and lower pelvic pain are all signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you’re experiencing urinary tract infection symptoms, contact the top-rated urologists at Spokane Urology for an evaluation. You can book an exam at this clinic in Spokane and Spokane Valley, Washington, through the website, or you can call the office to speak with a team member directly.

Urinary Tract Infection Q&A

What causes a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

A urinary tract infection, more commonly known as a UTI, occurs when bacteria sneak into your urethra and enter your bladder. Women are more likely to suffer from painful UTIs because of their anatomy. For example, in women, the anus is very close to the vagina, which makes it easy for fecal bacteria to sneak into your urethra.

Women also more commonly struggle with urinary tract infections because of hormonal and skin changes that occur during menopause. In any case, both women and men have a higher risk of developing a urinary tract infection due to:

  • A weakened immune system
  • Structural abnormalities
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

No matter the reason behind your urinary tract infection, it isn’t something you should ignore. If left untreated, a UTI can spread into your kidneys, which can lead to a very serious condition.

When should I see a urologist for a urinary tract infection?

The caring urologists at Spokane Urology encourage you to come in for an evaluation if you have a history of urinary tract infections or are experiencing new symptoms. It’s important to have a UTI exam if you notice:

  • Fever and chills
  • Painful urination
  • Increased urinary urgency

You might also experience upper back pain just below your rib cage if your UTI has progressed into your kidneys. Nausea and vomiting are also common in advanced stages.

Fortunately, the diagnostic process is simple. Your urologist at Spokane Urology just needs a urine sample and, in some cases, a blood draw to confirm that you have a UTI and to rule out other conditions.

How does a urologist treat a urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract infections can be simple or complicated. Simple UTIs occur if you’re generally healthy and have a normal urinary tract. But complicated UTIs happen when you have an abnormal urinary tract or if you can’t be treated with antibiotics (during pregnancy).

If you have a simple urinary tract infection, your urologist at Spokane Urology may prescribe a short course of antibiotics. For complicated UTIs, a longer course of antibiotics or even intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy is often necessary.

In both cases, your urologist is likely going to recommend that you increase your fluid intake, minimize caffeine and alcohol, and apply a heating pad to relieve discomfort.

Spokane Urology provides comprehensive care for urinary tract infections so that you can experience fast and effective relief. Book your UTI evaluation online or over the phone today.