Chances are great that at least one time in your life you will be diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI. While symptoms are not always apparent, it is important to make sure you know the signs to look for so that you can receive treatment for your UTI sooner rather than later.

That’s why the team at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga wants to offer some insight into what UTIs are and what signs to watch for.

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection occurs when any part of the urinary tract (from the kidneys to the bladder) is infected. Although anyone can suffer from a urinary tract infection, women are more at risk for experiencing one than men.

Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection

  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Cloudy urine
  • Passing small amounts of urine
  • Pelvic pain
  • Persistent urge to urinate
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Urine appears to have blood in it

Is a Urinary Tract Infection Contagious?

Fortunately, a urinary tract infection is not contagious. However, if it goes undetected, it can lead to more serious health effects. Therefore, as soon as you detect symptoms of a UTI, be sure to seek medical attention ASAP!

Treatment of a Urinary Tract Infection

  • Take antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Drink more water.
  • Apply a heating pad to the abdominal region.
  • Take OTC or prescription pain relievers as needed.

Do you think you might be suffering from a UTI? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga today for a diagnosis and treatment plan to get you back to feeling your best.