Urinary tract infection, also called UTI, is a common condition. This problem may occur in a woman of any age. Infection most often stems from accumulation of bacteria near the urethra, which provides access to the bladder. Symptoms such as a strong and frequent urge to urinate may have you asking, "Should I find a urologist near me?" Rather than wait and see, we encourage you to call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in the Houston area for prompt care that will help you avoid pain and stress.
Most of the time, a urinary tract infection causes minor, temporary discomfort. In our Katy office, we can perform precise urinalysis to accurately diagnose your symptoms. Subsequent to your diagnosis, you can be treated with the appropriate medication. Seeing a doctor for unpleasant symptoms like burning upon urination or dark-colored urine is recommended in order to minimize the risk of complications from UTI.
A urinary tract infection does not go away on its own. If proper care is not obtained, bacteria continue to accumulate, posing a risk of kidney infection. This complication can be very serious. The untreated urinary tract infection may also lead to sepsis if bacteria enter the bloodstream.
The prompt diagnosis and treatment of symptoms of urinary tract infection is especially important for pregnant women. Ongoing care may be necessary if infection is a recurring problem. A woman who develops frequent urinary tract infections risks scarring in kidney tissue. Scarring in this area presents a risk for renal hypertension and kidney failure.
The overall risk of complications is relatively low for a healthy patient who receives medical treatment for her UTI. Typically, a course of antibiotics is sufficient to resolve minor infection. In a case of recurring infection, we will consider the underlying cause and discuss how future issues may be avoided through lifestyle habits.
Dr. Jenkins is an experienced gynecologist and obstetrician who has provided care to hundreds of women experiencing the symptoms of urinary tract infection. Do not put off the care that can help you feel better today. Call 855-346-8610.
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