4 Questions to Ask Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Treatment Specialist
UTIs (Urinary Tract Infection) can cause pain and discomfort. This is why Fast Aid Urgent Care offers treatment to help you get back to normal as soon as possible. If you suspect you have a urinary tract infection, call us today or visit us online to join the virtual line. We also accept walk-ins. We have convenient locations to serve you in Bulverde Rd San Antonio TX, Bastrop TX, Alamo Ranch San Antonio TX, La Grange TX, New Braunfels TX and Leon Springs San Antonio TX.
Table of Contents:
What is a urinary tract infection?
Where do I go if I have a UTI?
Do I need antibiotics to get rid of a UTI?
Should I go see my primary care doctor or to urgent care for a UTI?
If you feel a frequent need to use the washroom, even if it is painful, you could be dealing with a urinary tract infection! At Fast Aid Urgent Care in Memphis, Tennessee, our medical experts have loads of experience in dealing with UTIs and are committed to providing compassionate and expert care to every patient that walks through our doors.
Urinary tract infections occur when harmful bacteria or viral strains infect any organ in your urinary tract system, such as your bladder (cystitis), kidneys (acute pyelonephritis), urethra (urethritis), or ureters. The most common cause of UTIs is when Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria infect the bladder. Harmful bacteria like E. coli can enter the urinary tract system during sexual activity, due to unsanitary hygiene practices, from certain types of birth control and feminine products, when using a catheter, or when surgery is performed on the urinary system. Women are more at risk than men of acquiring a UTI because they have a shorter urethra, which means that the bacteria have less distance to travel to reach the bladder.
While there are several places you can go to get treated for a urinary tract infection, there are certain times and situations when one place may be more beneficial than the other! With that in mind, emergency rooms, primary care clinics, urgent care clinics, and walk-in clinics generally provide UTI treatment.
That said, emergency rooms should only be a viable option for UTI treatment if your symptoms are life-threatening or you need urgent help in the middle of the night. Emergency rooms are obligated to prioritize patients according to the severity of their condition. Consequently, if your UTI is not critical or life-threatening, you may end up spending long hours in the waiting room before you are able to see a physician.
On the flip side, while primary care clinics can provide familiarity, they do not always accept same-day appointments. As such, if you are experiencing painful UTI symptoms, you may not want to wait for the next available appointment!
In that light, urgent care or a walk-in clinic can be an excellent choice for UTI treatment! Urgent care clinics accept walk-in appointments and will also save you time and money when compared with emergency room services. Since urgent care clinics cannot treat life-threatening medical emergencies, it frees them up to see patients on a first-come, first-serve basis, which significantly reduces the amount of time patients spend in the waiting room.
Since bacterial infections are the most common cause of urinary tract infections, antibiotics are also the most common treatment option for UTIs. However, some mild UTIs can go away without the use of antibiotics. Our board-certified physicians at Fast Aid Urgent Care in Memphis, TN, can evaluate your UTI symptoms and let you know if antibiotics are required or if the infection will resolve itself with over-the-counter (OTC) medication.
While primary care doctors provide significant familiarity and consistent care, sometimes the pain and discomfort from a urinary tract infection just cannot wait for the next available appointment. If you are in this situation, you would likely benefit more from visiting an urgent care clinic for a walk-in appointment. At Fast Aid Urgent Care in Memphis, TN, we would be happy to see you and provide effective and efficient UTI treatment.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, our medical experts would be happy to provide first-rate treatment. Our services are offered on a walk-in basis and there is no need to join the virtual line but do feel free to call ahead of time if you would like to. We serve patients from Bulverde Rd San Antonio TX, Windcrest TX, Selma TX, Bastrop TX, Paige TX, Smithville TX, Alamo Ranch San Antonio TX, Leon Valley TX, Helotes TX, La Grange TX, Rabbs Prairie TX, Halsted TX, Leon Springs TX, Fair Oaks Ranch TX, Cross Mountain TX, New Braunfels TX, Hunter TX, Zorn TX and surrounding areas.
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