Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

GYN Emergent Care Center

OB-GYNs & Emergency Room located in Long Beach, CA

At GYN Emergent Care Center, the all female staff is dedicated to diagnosing and treating various types of issues that concern women, including urinary tract infections. The facility is the only one in the Southern California and Long Beach area that provides emergency care and specializes in women's health.

Urinary Tract Infection Q & A

What are the Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection?

The symptoms of a urinary tract infection include burning during urination, pain during urination, an increased urgency to urinate more frequently, and feeling as if the bladder will not completely empty itself when a person uses the bathroom. The intense burning and itching during urination is sometimes the first clue that something may be terribly wrong. Symptoms will often increase in severity in a relatively short period of time. Beginning treatment immediately after the first signs are noticed can prevent the infection from moving up the ureters and into the kidneys.

Can Urinary Tract Infections Be Spread From Person to Person?

Generally, a urinary tract is not contagious. This means it will not spread from person to person through ordinary forms of contact. If a urinary tract infection was caused by a sexually transmitted disease, however, there is the possibility that it could be spread from one sexual partner to another. Trichomoniasis and chlamydia are two types of sexually transmitted diseases that can increase the risk of a urinary tract infection. If one partner has a urinary tract infection and is being treated for a sexually transmitted disease, it will increase the risk of the partner contracting the UTI. Abstaining from sexual contact during this time is recommended.

How Are Urinary Tract Infections Treated?

Urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotics. Doctors may also recommend taking a dietary supplement that contains Vitamin C and cranberry extracts. Cranberry extracts have been proven to be beneficial in reducing the presence of E.Coli bacteria this is known to cause urinary tract infections. Along with the antibiotics, it is important to keep the genitals clean and abstain from any type of sexual activity. This will reduce the risk of spreading the infection back and forth between partners. Ask the doctor before resuming any sexual activity to make sure the infection is gone and you are no longer at risk.