Urinary Tract Conditions [INFOGRAPHIC]
The urinary tract works as the sewer system for your body. The kidney, ureters, and bladder work together to remove urine (excess waste and fluids) through the urethra. Most of the time, the urinary tract functions normally. In some cases, however, infections or other problems can occur.
There are many causes for kidney stones, and you may not even know you have one unless it blocks or passes into your ureter. This can cause pain in the back, sides, and lower abdomen; painful urination; and a persistent urge to urinate. If you find it difficult to urinate, notice blood in your urine, or pain accompanied by nausea/vomiting, a fever, or chills, go to your local FastMed Urgent Care clinic to get it checked out.
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is very common, particularly in women. More than half of all women get at least one bladder infection at some point in their lives. Men are far less likely to suffer from bladder infections, including UTIs. Common symptoms include a burning sensation and a frequent need to urinate.
Urethritis affects both men and women. It is caused by a virus or bacteria, including the same types of bacteria that cause UTIs. It occurs when the urethra, ureter, or both become inflamed. Painful urination is the primary symptom of urethritis.
While UTIs affect the bladder and urethra, if untreated they can infect the upper urinary system, including the kidneys. Pyelonephritis is usually due to a complication from a bladder infection in which bacteria travel from the urethra and bladder to the kidneys through the ureters. When urine flow is reduced (by kidney stones, for example), pyelonephritis is more likely to occur. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the blood and cause severe illness. Luckily, UTIs, urethritis, and pyelonephritis are often easily treated with antibiotics.
If you feel pain or a burning sensation during urination, or you notice bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling urine, come to your local FastMed Urgent Care. We can test your urine sample for signs of infection and prescribe antibiotics to clear up your illness before it progresses. Urine tests can also check for signs that you may have kidney stones, and some clinics offer X-rays for more accurate detection. Call FastMed Urgent Care and see what we can do for you!