Every year, more than seven million people visit their doctor for treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). These infections can be simple or complex but need medical care to prevent health complications. When you have severe or recurring urinary tract infections, the experienced team at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates can help. They offer advanced diagnostic tools and techniques for UTIs at their offices in West Hills and Tarzana, California. Call today or book an appointment online.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that affects your urinary system. Your urinary system includes your urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys.
The infection begins when bacteria enter your urinary system through the urethra, where urine exits your body. The bacteria travel to your bladder and multiply, causing the infection.
UTIs affect all people but are more common in women because they have a shorter urethra than men.
When you have a UTI, the bacteria cause inflammation in the lining of your bladder and urethra. This leads to pain in your pelvic area and an increased urge to urinate.
When urinating, you might produce only a small amount of urine or feel pain or burning. Your urine might also smell funny, or you could suffer from urinary incontinence, an inability to hold your urine.
If you have UTI symptoms, you need to schedule an appointment with the experts at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates. Delaying care can only make your infection worse and cause more severe health problems like kidney damage.
The team uses advanced diagnostic techniques to diagnose UTIs. During your visit, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history.
To diagnose UTIs and the bacteria responsible for your infection, the team does a urinalysis and urine culture. If you have a fever or suffer from recurring UTIs, the team will likely request a CT scan or ultrasound so that they can evaluate your urinary tract.
The San Fernando Valley Urological Associates team customizes your UTI treatment based on whether you have a simple or complex UTI.
A simple UTI shows up in otherwise healthy people. The team prescribes antibiotics to treat a simple UTI.
You could have a complex UTI if you have an abnormality in your urinary tract or suffer from frequent UTIs that fail to get better with antibiotics.
Treating a complicated UTI includes taking antibiotics for a longer period. In some cases, the team will start with intravenous antibiotics at the hospital and then switch you to oral antibiotics when you’re sent home.
Whether you’re suffering from a simple or complex UTI, you should feel better soon after starting treatment. The team will often request additional urine cultures to make sure the infection is gone.
Urinary tract infections are common and require medical care. To schedule an appointment at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates, call the office most convenient to you today or use the online booking tool.