A urinary tract infection can be highly painful and frustrating. If you’re dealing with a urinary tract infection right now, or if you have chronic infections, the first step is getting diagnosed so you can get the treatment you need. Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine in Federal Way, Washington, has an on-site lab, which allows Ignatius Medani, MD, to get your test results and start your treatment right away. Book now using the online tool or by calling the office.
Your urinary tract infection symptoms can vary depending on where in the urinary tract the infection occurs. If you have a urethra infection, your symptoms may include a burning sensation when you urinate and discharge.
In the most common type of urinary tract infection, a bladder infection, your symptoms may include:
In a kidney infection, the most severe kind of urinary tract infection, your symptoms may include:
You may initially have a urethra or bladder infection, and then develop a kidney infection as the bacteria causing the infection moves further into your urinary tract. If you have some of these symptoms, get treatment right away to avoid serious health complications.
You'll discuss your symptoms with Dr. Medani first. Based on your symptoms, Dr. Medani may do a quick urine test using the Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine on-site lab to verify whether you've got a urinary tract infection or not.
If you have recurring urinary tract infections, Dr. Medani may do a urine culture in the lab. A urine culture reveals details about the specific bacteria behind the infection, and this allows for a more customized treatment.
Urinary tract infections start with bacteria, so an antibiotic that destroys that bacteria is usually the best treatment. Dr. Medani often prescribes antibiotic drugs like cephalexin, amoxicillin, or ciprofloxacin. Usually, you'll take antibiotics for anywhere from a day to a week.
If you take antibiotics for your urinary tract infection, take all pills according to the instructions. You'll usually get symptom relief after a day or two, but it's important to finish all the medication to get the bacteria fully out of your system.
If you've got chronic urinary tract infections, Dr. Medani may prescribe long-term antibiotics in small doses, or periodic large doses as-needed.
Don't let painful urination and other urinary tract infection symptoms control your life. Book your appointment at Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine using the online tool or by calling now.