Why You Should Always Check With Your Doctor if You Have a UTI

A woman with UTI pain

Unfortunately, UTIs in women are very common. In fact, approximately 25-40 percent of women in the United States between the ages of 20-40 have had at least one bladder infection. They account for over six million medical visits each year.

There are many mild illnesses you can effectively manage with over-the-counter medications; a urinary tract infection (UTI) is not one of them. While there are daily preventative measures that can help you avoid bladder infections, if you experience urinary frequency, urgency or pain while urinating, then it’s time to visit your doctor. These uncomfortable symptoms, if left untreated, can become complicated and dangerous.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Coastal Urgent Care of Bossier and Haughton are offering Telemedicine appointments for nonlife-threatening illnesses and injuries. We highly recommend you contact one of our skilled specialists, discuss your symptoms and get the medicine you need to feel better fast.

Why are bladder infections dangerous?

The infection from an untreated UTI can eventually become very a dangerous kidney infection. A kidney infection is a much more serious infection because it can travel into the bloodstream and cause sepsis.

Occasionally, a bladder infection can get better on its own. However, seeking medical treatment with an antibiotic is the safest and fastest option.

What causes bladder infections?

You’re more likely to get a bladder infection if you’ve had one before. Here are other several other risk factors of UTIs:

  • Females
    Females are more likely to get a UTI than males since women have shorter urethras.
  • Intercourse
    Sexual intercourse introduces bacteria into the urethra, which can introduce more bacteria into the vagina.
  • Menopause
    As estrogen decreases and vaginal tissue loses elasticity, more bacteria are able to enter the vagina.
  • Obesity
    Excess weight may increase the folds of the labia, allowing more bacteria to grow and cause bladder infections.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
    Those with uncontrolled diabetes have less immunity, which increases their risk of infection.

If you or a loved one is suffering with the pain and discomfort of a bladder infection, visit Coastal Urgent Care of Bossier or Haughton for immediate, walk-in treatment 7 days a week.