Do you need an online consultation for UTI? The experts at GetCareMD are here to help.
Find out more about the condition and how we can treat it:
A UTI is an infection in your urinary system, which includes:
- Urinary bladder
While a UTI may affect any of these organs, most infections are limited to the bladder and urethra.
Women are far more susceptible to UTIs than men.
If you have milder symptoms, consider setting up a UTI consultation online without delay.
However, if you have preexisting conditions or severe symptoms, seek in-person emergency treatment from your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of UTI
Generally, symptoms of UTIs include:
- A constant need to urinate
- Pain, discomfort, or a burning sensation while urinating
- Urine that has a cloudy, opaque appearance
- Urine that’s tinged with red or bright pink colors, indicating the presence of blood
- Urine that has an abnormal or unusually strong smell
- Pelvic pain and discomfort
If you’ve caught one or more of these symptoms, you should schedule an online consultation for UTI right away.
Causes of UTI
When bacteria manage to make their way into the urethra and past the urinary tract’s natural defenses, it leads to an infection.
- The gastrointestinal bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) in the bladder can often lead to cystitis (bladder infection).
- Cystitis can also be caused by sexual activity. However, it isn’t limited to sexually active women.
- The female anatomy is the primary reason why women are more prone to UTIs than men. In women, there’s very little distance between the anus and the urethra and the urethral opening and bladder.
- Urethritis (urethra infection) occurs when gastrointestinal bacteria are transferred from the anus to the urethra.
- Due to the female urethra’s proximity to the vagina, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes can also lead to urethritis.
You can receive a more precise diagnosis — and discuss the reasons for it — during your UTI consultation online.
Am I At Risk for UTI?
Find out your likelihood of getting a UTI as a woman by answering the following questions:
- Are you sexually active?
- Do you use diaphragms or spermicides for birth control?
- Do you have other urinary system problems, such as kidney stones?
- Are you immunocompromised?
Answering ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions means you’re at a higher risk of UTI.
If you’ve been noticing symptoms, it’s prudent to get an online consultation for UTI immediately.
Complications of UTI
Delaying treatment can have serious consequences for women:
- Irreversible kidney damage from acute pyelonephritis.
- Sepsis, which can occur when an infection reaches the kidneys and puts your life at risk.
- Pregnant women with untreated UTIs are likely to give birth prematurely or have children with low birth weight.
Avoid these dangers by seeking treatment early and getting yourself a UTI consultation online.
Preventions and Precautions
You can decrease the possibility of getting a UTI by:
- Drinking lots of fluids, especially water and cranberry juice.
- Wiping from front to back. This helps prevent the transfer of bacteria from the anus to the urethra.
- Urinating after sexual intercourse.
- Not using douches or powders and deodorants near the genitals, as they’re bad for the urethra.
- If you’re using diaphragms or spermicidal agents, consider birth control pills or an Intrauterine Device (IUD) instead.
During your online consultation for UTI with GetCareMD, you may be prescribed:
- Other antibiotics
More complex infections may require antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, including:
- Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- Other fluoroquinolones
You may also be prescribed medication to numb the bladder and urethra for relieving pain and burning during urination.
As part of your UTI consultation online with GetCareMD, expect the highest levels of professionalism and confidentiality.
Receive the high-quality care you deserve in the comfort of your own home.
Start your online consultation for UTI now.