What Causes Urinary Tract Infections?

A urinary tract infection (also known as a UTI) can happen at any time. While women are more at risk of suffering from a UTI than men, either gender can be diagnosed with a UTI.

If you believe you are experiencing the signs of a UTI, our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville wants you to seek treatment as soon as possible. Let’s talk about the signs to watch for.

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection occurs when there is an infection somewhere in your urinary system, such as in the kidneys, ureters, bladder and/or urethra. Depending on the severity of an infection, a person may experience little discomfort or intense pain.

Causes of a Urinary Tract Infection

  • Bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Chlamydia
  • Cystitis
  • Mycoplasma bacteria
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Urethritis

What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?

While some signs of a UTI might not appear immediately, it is important to watch for symptoms so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible.

Symptoms of a UTI can range from cloudy or bloody urine to pain in the pelvic area or even the back. You might also notice a strong odor from your urine.

Treatment for UTIs

  • Take antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Apply a heating pad to the pelvic area.
  • Take pain relievers if recommended by a doctor.

Are you suffering from the symptoms of a urinary tract infection? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Knoxville today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.