Everything You Need to Know About a UTI and Why You Should Seek Medical Attention

UTI bladder infection

If you have a UTI, or bladder infection, and wait too long to seek medical attention, it could lead to a more serious kidney or lower urinary tract infection. A UTI is an infection in any part of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder, or urethra. While they are more common in women, men may also get bladder infections. In fact, UTIs are among the most common infections in humans.

Signs and symptoms of a UTI or bladder infection

Seek urgent medical treatment as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms of a UTI or bladder infection to avoid more serious infection. The most common symptoms include:

  • Increased urge to urinate without passing much urine
  • Pain while urinating
  • Pelvic pain or discomfort
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Strong odor with urination
  • Pelvic pain (in women)
  • Rectal pain (in men)

More serious symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Fever

Treatment for bladder infections

Treatment for UTIs depends on the cause. When you arrive at Emerald Coast Urgent Care, you will be asked for a urine sample. Your doctor will then test your urine to determine which organism is causing the infection and confirm your diagnosis. Our on-site laboratories allow us to review urine cultures and ensure we prescribe the best course and type of antibiotic treatment for you.

Currently, there are no home remedies that can cure a UTI or bladder infection, but staying hydrated can help your medication work better. Passing larger amounts of urine more frequently will help your body flush out the bacteria more effectively and help you feel better faster.

An untreated UTI or bladder infection can not only lead to kidney infection and damage your kidneys, but the bacteria can also spread to your bloodstream and cause a life-threatening infection. We can help relieve your pain and discomfort quickly and protect you from these complications. We’re open from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily for immediate, walk-in treatment.