As many as 8.1 million people in the United States seek treatment for a urinary tract infection (UTI) each year. At Lani City Medical in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Megha Lalwani, MD, Suniel Khemlani, MD, and the team offer on-site diagnostic testing to confirm your symptoms relate to a UTI. They also provide comprehensive treatment using antibiotics and IV fluids to help you feel better quickly. If you have pain with urination and need diagnostic testing, call the office or request an appointment online today. The clinic also accepts walk-ins.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that develops when bacteria settles in any part of your urinary tract, such as your:
While both men and women get UTIs, women are very susceptible to the condition because their tract is shorter, which makes it easier for bacteria to enter the body. Women in menopause are at a higher risk for UTIs because the reduction in estrogen can lead to changes in the urinary tract.
You may also be at increased risk for recurrent urinary tract infections due to sexual activity or if you have abnormalities in your urinary tract.
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection can vary from person to person and not everyone will experience noticeable symptoms, especially in the earliest stages.
Those with symptoms may have:
Women especially may develop persistent pelvic pain that can worsen without treatment.
To confirm your symptoms relate to a urinary tract infection, your Lani City Medical provider reviews your personal and family medical history and performs a physical exam. They also request a urine sample for testing at the on-site medical lab and you can expect results within minutes.
Once your results are ready, your provider can prescribe an antibiotic to clear an infection. They can also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to ease pelvic pain and increase your comfort until the antibiotics begin working.
For complicated UTIs, the medical team offers injectable antibiotic therapy and treatment with IV fluids to help you avoid a visit to the local emergency room.
If you have recurrent urinary tract infections, the team at Lani City Medical can help you manage your condition to prevent additional health complications. If left untreated, recurrent infections can lead to permanent kidney damage and a potentially life-threatening infection known as sepsis.
The team at Lani City Medical can also provide guidance for preventing additional UTIs, such as encouraging you to drink more water and practicing good hygiene while using the bathroom.
If you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection, don’t delay a diagnostic evaluation. Call Lani City Medical or request an appointment online now. The clinic also accepts walk-ins.