If you experience burning when you urinate, you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI), one of most common infections worldwide. At Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda, the professional team -- which includes Dr. Lewis Townsend, Dr. John Gschwend, Dr. Deena Kleinerman, and Kimberly Severn, CNM -- diagnoses and treat UTIs. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, this OB/GYN practice can get you feeling better quickly. Call the office today to schedule your initial appointment at Capital Women’s Care.
If you suffer from a UTI, you may feel a burning sensation when you urinate, or you may need to urinate urgently but only be able to pass a small amount of urine. Other symptoms may accompany your UTI, such as:
If you have an upper urinary tract infection, you may also experience fever, nausea, or vomiting, or feel tender in the back and sides. If you begin to have these symptoms, contact your doctor right away. An upper UTI that impacts your kidneys can lead to severe complications.
Bacteria normally cause UTIs. They can also result from fungi, or rarely, a virus.
Exposure to bacteria often comes from the large intestine, as the anus is close to the urethra, the tube that empties your bladder. When women wipe from back to front, instead of from front to back, they may pull microscopic bacteria from their anal area to the urethra, where it can travel into the urinary system, leading to infection.
You may also develop a UTI from sex since bacteria easily moves through bodily fluids. Bubble baths and wearing non-cotton underwear may also increase your risk of developing a UTI. Urinary catheters can allow bacteria to enter the bladder and increase the likelihood of a UTI, especially for those who experience recurring infections.
As soon as you notice the symptoms of a UTI, seek treatment. Your doctor may complete a physical examination and request a urine test to see what’s causing your infection.
Most often, your doctor prescribes an antibiotic to kill the bacteria. If your infection is fungal or viral, which is rare, antifungal or antiviral medications are necessary.
UTIs always require treatment. Although you may reduce your symptoms at home, you can not eradicate the infection on your own. When left untreated, UTIs can lead to severe infections that may become life-threatening.
When you have the symptoms of a UTI, don’t wait. Call Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda today to schedule or go online to book your initial appointment.