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Urinary Tract Infection Specialist

Prime Internal Medicine Associates

Internal Medicine located in Dallas, TX

Nearly 10 million people each year see the doctor for a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you suspect you have a UTI, rely on Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas for quick diagnosis. After culturing your urine specimen, the physicians at Prime Internal Medicine Associates typically recommend an appropriate antibiotic to treat your UTI before it causes complications. Put painful symptoms behind you. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online.

Urinary Tract Infection Q&A

What is a UTI?

A UTI is an infection that takes hold in your urinary tract. UTIs are common, and most are due to an overgrowth of bacteria. This overgrowth can lead to an array of uncomfortable symptoms, including pain when you urinate.  

UTIs occur in women more than in men. Fortunately, UTIs are easily treated. If you suspect you have an infection, contact Prime Internal Medicine Associates for diagnosis and treatment. An untreated UTI may spread to your kidneys, causing complications. 

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

Pain, when you urinate, is a common symptom. Others signs to watch for include:

  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Cloudy urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pressure or cramping

Your urine might also change colors, appearing red, brown, or bright pink. These colors suggest the presence of blood in your urine.

Why did I get a UTI?

Certain factors can increase your risk of getting a UTI. These factors include:

  • Sexual activity
  • New sexual partner
  • Pregnancy
  • Age (UTIs are more common among seniors and children)
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Poor hygiene

A few forms of birth control, such as a diaphragm or spermicide, may increase the likelihood of getting a UTI. Having a UTI in the past also increases the chances of having another UTI.

How is a UTI diagnosed?

Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider takes a medical history. They ask whether you have a history of UTIs because repeated UTIs may affect the treatment they recommend. You may need a pelvic examination. 

You provide a urine sample because that's how UTIs are diagnosed. A urine test identifies the type of bacteria that caused the infection, so you receive appropriate treatment for the precise strain of bacteria.

How is a UTI treated?

Antibiotics are the first line of treatment. Depending on your infection, health history, and other factors, you may be prescribed one of these antibiotics: 

  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole 
  • Nitrofurantoin 
  • Fosfomycin 

Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider advises you to take the complete course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms begin clearing up in a few days. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water to help flush out your system.

If you suspect you have a UTI, Prime Internal Medicine Associates provides urine testing and appropriate treatment to clear up your infection. Call the office or book a consultation online.