Urinary Tract Infections are one of the most common illnesses in America. But their prevalence should not make you think less about their seriousness.
When left untreated, UTIs can develop into more serious infections. That’s why it is important to know the most common symptoms of a UTI. In this article, we will highlight the most common UTI symptoms so you can get treatment quickly.
Dysuria (Painful Urination)
The most common UTI symptom is dysuria, or painful urination. Dysuria normally feels like a burning sensation during urination and is normally felt in the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body.
UTIs are the most common cause of dysuria, so it is always worth checking for a UTI if you have this symptom. Other common causes include STIs, vaginitis, and prostatitis. Your local Live Urgent Care clinic treats each of these conditions.
If you have a UTI, you will likely experience more frequent urination or a greater urgency when you need to urinate. Frequent urination is defined as needing to urinate more than 4 to 8 times a day.
Despite the links between frequent urination and UTIs, there are other causes of frequent urination. You may find you urinate more simply because of increased water intake. There are also other illnesses that contribute to frequent urination, like diabetes. That said, if you experience frequent or more urgent urination without any other lifestyle changes, it is worth getting checked out.
Fever or chills will likely not be the only symptom of a UTI you experience, but they are still common symptoms. A low-grade fever occurs in some cases, but higher fevers may be a sign that the infection is spreading to your kidneys.
If you get a fever or chills with any of the other symptoms above, you should seek treatment quickly. The earlier you begin to deal with a UTI, the quicker it will subside and the less likely your infection is to become severe.
Suprapubic pain is pain in your lower abdomen. This pain usually feels like tenderness or soreness in the area around your hips and pelvic area. This can also present itself as pain during sex.
There are a number of causes of suprapubic pain, and all of them warrant a trip to an urgent care. Kidney stones and appendicitis also cause suprapubic pain. Both of those conditions require medical treatment.
Fortunately, treating a UTI is very simple. Healthcare professionals can prescribe an antibiotic treatment that eliminates the harmful bacteria. This clears the infection quickly to relieve the painful symptoms or a UTI.
At Live Urgent Care, we can help provide quick UTI relief. Our urgent care centers can diagnose and prescribe treatment for your infection. We also provide telehealth appointments that allow you to get the prescription you need without an in-person visit. Walk in or book your appointment online today.