Are you experiencing a strong urge to urinate? Do you feel a burning sensation when urinating? You may have a urinary tract infection (UTI). At Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alka Rebentish, MD, and Chukwudum Uche, MD, FIDSA, FACP, can test and treat your UTI, whether your infection is acute or chronic. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today. Telehealth appointments are available.
A UTI is a common infection that affects your urinary system, which includes your bladder, kidneys, urethra, and ureters. You may develop a UTI when bacteria from your skin or rectum enter your urethra and multiplies.
Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of UTIs. The specialists classify UTIs into types based on the part of your urinary tract affected:
In most cases, UTIs develop in the bladder or urethra.
UTIs affect all people but are more common in women because they have a shorter urethra than men. You may also be at risk of developing a UTI if you’re sexually active, have a history of UTIs, or have a structural problem that affects urinary flow (e.g., enlarged prostate).
Your UTI symptoms may vary depending on UTI type.
Common UTI symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic to schedule an evaluation. When left untreated, a UTI may damage your urinary system or lead to a more serious infection.
The experienced health care providers at Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms.
To confirm or rule out a UTI, your provider may run various tests such as:
If you have frequent UTIs, your provider may recommend a cystoscopy. During a cystoscopy, your provider closely evaluates your bladder and urethra using a special magnifying lens, called a cystoscope.
Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic providers prescribe antibiotics to treat your UTI. The type of antibiotic and the length of your treatment depends on the severity of your infection.
However, whether simple or complex, it’s important that you complete your course of antibiotics as directed by your provider at Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic. Failing to take your antibiotics as recommended may increase your risk of a recurrence.
For diagnosis and treatment of a UTI, contact Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic by phone or book an appointment online today.