Urinary Tract Infection

Stephen Payne, MD -  - Family Medicine

Stephen Payne, MD

Family Medicine located in Williamstown, MA

When you’re experiencing the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection (UTI), you want quick fast. Stephen Payne, MD, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is an experienced family physician offering urgent care appointments for conditions that prompt attention, such as urinary tract infections. Get treatment for your UTI today by calling Dr. Payne or booking a visit online.

Urinary Tract Infection Q & A

What is a urinary tract infection?

Your urinary tract includes your ureters, bladder, urethra, and kidneys. When you have a UTI, your infection is typically in the bladder and urethra. Bacteria that multiply in the bladder cause urinary tract infections.

Anyone can develop a UTI, but because of their anatomy, women are more prone to this type of infection than men. Additional risks factors for developing a bladder infection include:

  • Diabetes
  • Menopause
  • Sexual activity
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Certain types of birth control
  • Certain medications like antibiotics

While a UTI is uncomfortable, they’re typically harmless. If left untreated, however, the infection can spread to your kidneys and cause more severe problems.

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

Some urinary tract infections don’t have symptoms. When they occur, they typically include:

  • Abnormal discharge
  • A frequent, strong urge to void
  • Burning, pain, or discomfort while urinating
  • Cloudy, discolored, or strong-smelling urine

Women with UTIs can also experience pain or pressure in the lower abdomen or pelvic area, especially around the pubic bone.

Can a urinary tract infection be prevented?

You can reduce your risk of developing a UTI by taking several steps, including:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water
  • Emptying your bladder after sexual activity
  • Wiping from front to back following a bowel movement
  • Using birth controls without spermicide or other irritants
  • Avoiding perfumed feminine products that can irritate the urethra

How is a urinary tract infection diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Payne can diagnose a urinary tract infection with a urine sample. If you have frequent urinary tract infections, Dr. Payne might conduct additional screenings like CT scans, MRIs, or cystoscope imaging to look for urinary tract abnormalities.

Most UTIs are easy to treat and clear up within two or three days after a round of antibiotics. If you’re experiencing painful symptoms like burning while urinating, Dr. Payne can prescribe pain relievers that numb your bladder.

For persistent or recurring urinary tract infections, Dr. Payne might recommend long-term, low-dose antibiotics, single-dose antibiotics for use after sexual activity, or vaginal estrogen therapy if you’re experiencing UTIs following menopause.

To find relief from your urinary tract infection symptoms, call Stephen Payne, MD, or schedule an urgent care appointment online today.