Should I go to Urgent Care for a UTI?


Urgent Care for UTIMany people regard a urinary tract infection as little more than a painful nuisance. In reality, however, UTIs can lead to serious, permanent health problems when proper treatment is delayed. If you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI, learn why you should visit your local PhysicianOne Urgent Care.

What Is A UTI?

A urinary tract infection results when harmful bacteria are able to enter any part of the urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters or urethra. Most UTIs involve painful or annoying symptoms in the lower urinary tract; however, infections can cause serious problems when they spread to the kidneys.

What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?

Urinary tract infections won’t always cause noticeable symptoms. When they do, you may experience any or all of the following:

• Persistent or strong urge to urinate
• Burning while urinating
• Passing small amounts of urine frequently
• Pelvic pain in women
• Urine that appears pink, red, cola-colored or cloudy
• Urine with a foul smell

If an infection spreads to the kidneys, a person may experience additional symptoms, including high fever, nausea, chills, vomiting and/or pain in the side or upper back.

When to Seek Help

When treated promptly and properly with antibiotic medications, lower urinary tract infections rarely lead to complications. If left untreated, however, serious problems can occur, including:

• Permanent kidney damage
• Urethral narrowing
• Recurring infections
• Premature births in pregnant women
• Sepsis

If you are experiencing symptoms of a urinary tract infection, visit your nearest PhysicianOne Urgent Care. Our providers can provide affordable walk-in treatments for a wide variety of non-life threatening injuries and illnesses, including UTIs.

Dr. Jeannie Kenkare

Written by Dr. Jeannie Kenkare

Dr. Kenkare is a highly experienced clinician with a background in family medicine. As a founding member of PhysicianOne Urgent Care's parent company Happy Mountains, she is also our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kenkare provides guidance and leadership to our health care team, and is responsible for the review of clinical guidelines, decision tools, and outcomes to develop and implement strategies that will improve patient care and clinical quality.