UTI Treatment

UTI Treatment Clinic in West Hempstead, NY

Franklin Primary Care provides comprehensive treatment for UTIs. Our doctors and medical professionals are available to assess and treat your UTI as quickly as possible. For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online. We are located at 225 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead, New York 11552.

UTI Treatment Clinic Near Me in West Hempstead, NY
UTI Treatment Clinic Near Me in West Hempstead, NY

Table of Contents:

What is a UTI?
How can I contract a UTI?
Where do I go to get treated for a UTI?
How will the UTI be treated?

What is a UTI?


A Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects mostly women and older adults. Multiple infections throughout a woman’s lifetime are a common occurrence. Men and children can also contract a UTI, although women are about five times as likely as men to contract a UTI. The infection most often occurs in the bladder and urethra. Frequent urination is associated with infection in the urethra and a burning sensation can be experienced if the ureters are infected.

The kidneys can also be affected, and associated pain in the lower back and in the middle of the pelvis by the pubic bone may be present. More extreme cases of a kidney infection may result in feelings of fatigue, nausea, vomiting, chills, and fever can follow. The urine may also develop an odor and have a cloudy appearance and/or a pinkish tinge, indicating the presence of a small amount of blood.

How can I contract a UTI?


UTIs occur more frequently in women because E. Coli, the bacteria responsible for the majority of infections in the bladder and urethra, originates in the intestines and anus, and can more easily enter their shorter urethras, which is responsible for transporting urine outside of the bladder. Due to the fact that E. Coli is present in the anal opening, it is recommended that when women use toilet paper after urinating, wiping from front to back can help reduce the chance for E. Coli to enter the urethra. Sexual intercourse can also allow for the introduction of E. Coli into the urethra.

Women affected by conditions such as hormonal fluctuations and multiple sclerosis, the presence of kidney stones, stroke, and spinal cord injury can compromise urination and thereby are more susceptible to developing UTIs. Diabetic women may also more easily contract UTIs due to a decrease in their immune response to fight off the infection.  For older adults who have a decreased ability to contract their weaker muscles in their pelvic floor and inelastic bladder walls, urinary retention is more common as well as leakage of urine. These conditions allow E. Coli to accumulate and grow in the bladder and urethra, thus resulting in a UTI. Men with enlarged prostates are also more prone to experiencing UTIs.

Where do I go to get treated for a UTI?


If you have symptoms related to a UTI, you can try to manage the symptoms at home by drinking more water and/or cranberry juice, which some people believe can help get rid of a UTI. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, the best option is to see a primary care doctor. If you need immediate attention due to pain during and after urination or develop more severe symptoms and your regular doctor cannot schedule you for an appointment, you can go to an urgent care clinic. Normally the doctor’s office will collect a urine sample and it will be examined for the presence of bacteria that cause UTIs.

Your physician may also perform a pelvic exam which might include using a cystoscope, a long and thin instrument that they will insert into your urethra and bladder to allow for visual inspection of the bladder. The capacity of the bladder may also be tested to see how much fluid can be retained. For cases of repeated UTIs, further investigation through ultrasound imaging, CT and MRI scans may be necessary to determine if there are other factors contributing to multiple infections.

How will the UTI be treated?


UTIs are normally treated with antibiotics. The type of antibiotics used will depend on the type of bacteria that is found to be the cause of your UTI. Completing the full course of antibiotic treatment is important even if symptoms disappear before the end of the prescribed course.  For patients with recurrent UTIs, the doctor may give them an antibiotic prescription and other patient services and advise them to take antibiotics when symptoms arise, every other day, or after they have sexual intercourse.

With frequent use of antibiotics, resistance to the drug may occur. In this case, other interventions might be suggested by your doctor. You might be advised to take non-prescription supplements or even just try to help control the infection by drinking more fluids to naturally dispel the bacteria.

If the infection becomes severe and antibiotics cannot be used, intravenous antibiotics or other treatments may have to be provided at the hospital. Franklin Primary Care assists in a better lifestyle with improved UTI condition. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We are located at 225 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead, New York 11552. We serve patients from West Hempstead NY, Franklin Square NY, Garden City NY, New Hyde Park NY, Uniondale NY, Mineola NY, and North Valley Stream NY.