UTI Treatment Clinic Questions and Answers
AFC Urgent Care in Dunedin, FL, is happy to provide first-rate UTI treatment and to answer any questions you have regarding UTIs. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to call us or schedule an appointment through our website. We serve patients from Dunedin FL, Palm Harbor FL, Clearwater FL, Safety Harbor FL, Oldsmar FL, Largo FL, and Tarpon Springs FL.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common but frustrating problem to have. While there are several preventive measures to take to avoid UTIs, sometimes those measures are not enough to keep you from contracting a UTI. At AFC Urgent Care, our medical professionals can treat your UTI symptoms and provide educational resources on how to prevent having UTIs in the future.
What is a UTI?
In the simplest of terms, a urinary tract infection is an infection that affects the urinary system, which includes the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. There are three different types of UTIs, according to the specific location of the infection. As such, cystitis refers to a UTI affecting the bladder, acute pyelonephritis is a UTI that affects the kidneys, and urethritis is the type of UTI that affects the urethra. Each of these different types of UTIs occurs with slightly different symptoms, which are as follows:
- Blood in urine
- Discomfort in the lower abdomen
- Frequent and painful urination
- Pelvic pressure
Kidneys (acute pyelonephritis):
- Chills and shakes
- High fever
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in your upper back and side (flank)
- Burning sensation with urination
Most UTIs are caused by bacterial infections, although it is possible for certain fungi and, more rarely, viruses to cause a urinary tract infection.
How can I contract a UTI?
Urinary tract infections are fairly common and can occur from several different causes, such as sexual activity, unsanitary hygiene practices, diaphragm use, dehydration, or holding in urine for too long. Since women have a shorter urethra than men, they are more at risk of contracting a UTI since the bacteria has less distance to travel before reaching the bladder.
Where can I go to get treated for a UTI?
There are several different places you can go to get treated for a urinary tract infection! These facilities include your primary care clinic, an emergency room, urgent care clinic, or walk-in clinic. Depending on the extent of the infection, it may be necessary for some individuals to see a urologist for specialized treatment. If you are living in or near Dunedin, FL, and do not have a primary care physician or are unable to see them in short order while dealing with uncomfortable UTI symptoms, we welcome you to come to AFC Urgent Care for a walk-in appointment to receive efficient and high-quality UTI treatment. Our doors are open to you at 1440 Main St in Dunedin, Florida, Monday to Friday 8AM to 8PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to 5PM.
Do I go to urgent care for UTI?
While several different medical facilities can provide urinary tract infection treatment, an urgent care clinic can be advantageous for multiple reasons, including same-day medical attention and cost-saving treatment.
For instance, urgent care clinics accept walk-in appointments, while primary care clinics typically require appointments to be made in advance. As such, while primary care clinics cannot guarantee same-day appointments, urgent care clinics can; so if you need urgent medical attention and cannot see your primary care physician in short order for UTI symptoms, an urgent care clinic is a great option.
Furthermore, while both emergency rooms and urgent care clinics see patients on a walk-in basis, urgent care clinics save you time and money in comparison. In addition to providing less expensive services, urgent care clinics are known to have shorter wait periods before patients see a physician. Like emergency rooms, urgent care clinics conduct patient evaluations when they first arrive at the clinic to determine if patients require on-the-spot treatment or are fit to wait their turn. However, urgent care clinics do not treat life-threatening medical emergencies, which means that they can see most patients according to when they arrive at the clinic, significantly reducing wait times.