Urinary Tract Infection

Western Mountain Medical Center PC

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Henderson, NV & Bullhead City, AZ

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common types of infections in the United States and you’re likely to experience at least one in your lifetime. At Western Mountain Medical Center PC in Henderson, Nevada, Nabila Aslam, MD, ABIM, and her compassionate medical team offer advanced in-office diagnostic testing and effective treatment options to clear infections and alleviate pain and other symptoms. To schedule testing for a suspected urinary tract infection, call the Henderson office directly or use the convenient online booking feature.

Urinary Tract Infection Q & A

What causes a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can occur in any part of your urinary tract, including your kidneys, bladder, and urethra. Bacteria enter the tract and develop into an infection.

While UTIs can affect anyone, women are especially prone to developing UTIs. Because of the structural design of their body, bacterial only has to travel a short distance to the urinary tract. You may be at increased risk for a UTI as you age or if you have diabetes or a history of UTIs.

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

Depending on where the infection develops in the urinary tract, you can experience a variety of symptoms. With lower tract infections, you may feel a burning sensation when you urinate and notice blood or a strong odor. Pelvic pain is also common for women, while men may have rectal pain.

An infection in the upper tract can result in upper back pain, chills, and a fever. You may also have persistent nausea and vomiting. If left untreated, an upper UTI can develop into a life-threatening condition, known as urosepsis, if it moves into your kidneys.

How is a urinary tract infection diagnosed?

Initially, the Western Mountain Medical Center PC team reviews your symptoms and performs a physical examination, evaluating the areas where you feel pain.

To confirm a UTI diagnosis, your provider can request a urinalysis to check for signs of infection in your urine. They can also use this test to determine if the infection is the result of bacteria, or if it’s due to a virus or fungi, which are less common than bacterial infections but still possible.

What treatment options are available for urinary tract infections?

Western Mountain Medical Center PC offers comprehensive treatment for UTIs to help alleviate pain and other symptoms as quickly as possible.

To treat bacterial infections, your provider prescribes a course of antibiotics that you must take as directed to completely clear the infection.

If you have a history of recurring bacterial infections due to an underlying medical condition, you may need to take a low-dose antibiotic daily for several months and undergo an in-office ultrasound to check for structural abnormalities in your urinary tract.

If your infection is the result of a virus or fungi, they may recommend antiviral or antifungal medications.

Learn more about treating and preventing urinary tract infections by scheduling an appointment online or by calling the Henderson office.