UTI Treatment in Orange County
An untreated urinary tract infection could lead to more serious issues and infections. This is why you should visit your nearest urgent care clinic as soon as symptoms start a UTI treatment. These early symptoms can include:
- Pain and/or a “burning” sensation during urination
- Having the need to urinate more often than usual
- Weak urine stream
- Pain in your bladder
- Strong-smelling or dark-colored urine
While you may be tempted to try and treat a UTI on your own — using a diuretic such as cranberry juice — these methods only alleviate symptoms temporarily and fail to stop the infection from progressing. In order to cure a UTI, it needs to be treated with the right antibiotics, prescribed by a health care professional.
What is a UTI?
A UTI is one of the most common bacterial infections, and is more prevalent in women. In fact, approximately 50 – 60% of women will experience a UTI in their lifetime, according to the NCBI.
The infection itself occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract through your urethra (the tube that expels urine from your bladder) and multiplies. While a UTI commonly refers to a bladder infection, it can occur anywhere in the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters and urethra.
In order to prevent a UTI, you should:
- Wipe front-to-back after going to the bathroom
- Urinate immediately after sex
- Maintain proper genital hygiene
- Wear clean underwear daily
How is a UTI Treated?
As mentioned before, the best UTI treatment is an antibiotic. However, to receive the right medication, your healthcare provider must diagnose the infection first, which requires a lab test. During a UTI test, your urine will be closely examined for signs of an infection such as a cloudy appearance or altered pH along with white blood cells and bacteria byproducts.
Unfortunately, most primary care doctors don’t offer on-site testing and the ER can be an expensive alternative. If you want to receive affordable immediate UTI treatment, an urgent care clinic is the smartest choice. At Xpress Urgent Care, each of our 4 walk-in clinics in Orange County offer on-site lab testing for UTIs.
Visiting Xpress in Tustin, Costa Mesa, Stanton or Huntington Beach means your UTI will be diagnosed quickly and you’ll be prescribed the proper antibiotics to help you feel better within days. If you’re experiencing any UTI symptoms, check-in online to one of our Orange County urgent care clinics now!