Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection of the urinary tract that can cause pain, burning, and frequent urination. UTIs are very common - more than 50 percent of women will have at least one in their lifetime. Our team provides immediate relief and works to prevent UTIs from recurring.
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At the Division of Urology, we’re focused on personalizing your care. We encourage questions and want to make sure you fully understand your condition and our recommended treatment.
Our experts have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating UTIs, with the goal of providing relief quickly. We work to isolate the bacteria causing the infection, so we can determine the best antibiotic for treatment as soon as possible.
In severe cases, we collaborate closely with our colleagues throughout Penn State Health to provide comprehensive care.
In most cases, we’ll request a urine sample at your initial visit. We may also order bloods test. It’s important for us to know what medications you take and if you have any known drug allergies.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may also need a scan or ultrasound of your abdomen and kidneys.
Once we’ve identified the strain of bacteria causing the problem, we’ll start you on an antibiotic immediately. The antibiotic will help prevent the infection from spreading to the kidneys or through the bloodstream. During this time, we encourage our patients to drink a lot of water.
Antibiotics are successful in treating UTIs in the majority of cases. Patients generally begin feeling relief the same day.
Severe infections may require a hospital stay if you’re unable to take antibiotics by mouth or need fluids. This is rare, however.
Recurrent UTIs can be an issue for women in particular. For patents who have recurrent UTIs, we may suggest taking a single dose of an antibiotic after sexual contact, or having a short supply of antibiotics at home to take as soon as early signs of a UTI appear.
The urology department at Penn State Health provides treatment for urinary tract infections.
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