March is known as National Kidney Month. Did you know that there are around 8.1 million cases of urinary tract infections each year? Fortunately, there are steps you can take in order to reduce your risk.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga want to help you recognize the symptoms of a urinary tract infection, as well as ways you can reduce your risk of experiencing this medical condition that affects millions of Americans.

Am I at Risk for a Urinary Tract Infection?

Any person can experience a urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI. Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with a UTI, and those who are elderly or have chronic health conditions are also at a higher risk.

While the symptoms of a UTI can sometimes alleviate on their own, if you are experiencing them, seek medical attention. An untreated UTI can develop into a more serious medical condition.

Symptoms of a UTI

  • Burning with urination
  • Increased frequency of urination without passing much urine
  • Increased urgency of urination
  • Bloody urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Urine that looks like cola or tea
  • Urine that has a strong odor
  • Pelvic pain in women

Can Urinary Tract Infections Be Prevented?

In many cases, yes! You can take steps to lower your risk of developing a UTI. The first and most important step is to ensure you stay properly hydrated.

Don’t use thirst as your signal for when to drink. By the time you feel thirsty, your body may already be slightly dehydrated. So sip water continuously throughout the day.

UTI Prevention

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Urinate when you need to.
  • Drink cranberry juice.
  • Use probiotics.
  • Get enough vitamin C.
  • Wipe from front to back.

Do you think you might be experiencing a urinary tract infection? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan.