Urinary Tract Infection

There is nothing worse than feeling under the weather and uncomfortable, and urinary tract infections can make you feel all this and more.

There are two different types of UTI, the upper or lower UTI. This is related to which part of your urinary tract has become infected. If it is the upper, the condition is slightly more serious as it can cause kidney damage. This is why consulting a medical professional through the MeeDoc app is ideal; you don’t have to sit around waiting for an appointment or waiting for it to clear. You can get prompt medical advice and deal with the problem quickly.

Common symptoms

If your UTI is in the early stages you may experience the following symptoms:

  • The need to urinate often
  • Stomach pain or
  • Burning or stinging sensation when urinating.

In these early stages, your UTI may correct itself and just pass after a few days. The condition becomes slightly more serious if you:

  • Have had it for five or more days
  • Develop a high temperature
  • Are pregnant (your midwife will check for this regularly at your appointments)

Treatment

A UTI usually goes itself within a few days, but the most common route to treat a worsening or continuing UTI is a course of antibiotics. Always make sure that you let your medical professional know if you are taking any other medication or if you have any other ailments that may give rise to a different diagnosis. If you contact a doctor through MeeDoc, they can quickly diagnose a UTI through discussing the symptoms you’re experiencing. They can then decide the best course of treatment, which is most likely to be antibiotics or to leave it for a few extra days to see if it passes. In addition to any antibiotics there are a few ‘self-help’ suggestions to make you feel more comfortable and avoid further recurrences. Firstly, keeping well hydrated will help relieve some of the symptoms and prevent dehydration. You can also take over the counter paracetamol to take any pain away. Drinking cranberry juice is said to help, and to prevent them in the future it is important to wipe from front to back.

When to consult a doctor

Always make sure you let your doctor know if you have recurring UTIs, as these can by an indication of other conditions. If your symptoms worsen or don’t clear, always get further medical advice from MeeDoc. Most occurrences of this very common condition will not even require any medical attention. If, however, it feels very uncomfortable and lasts for more than five days your body could need a helping hand to get rid of it.