UTI Treatment in Lakewood, CO
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) Treatment Located at 12105 W Alameda Pkwy #100 Lakewood, CO 80228. Our Expert Family Medicine Doctors and Medical Specialists Will Test for a UTI, Provide Quick Results and Treat Your UTI with No Appointment Necessary. We Are Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat-Sun 8am-5pm. Walk In or Call (720) 408-6189.
If you live in the Lakewood, CO area and feel unusual burning while going to the bathroom, chances are you could have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Another symptom of this ailment is if you urinate far more frequently than you normally do. A UTI can be a very uncomfortable and painful affliction and waiting for your primary care doctor may not be practical. The board-certified physicians at AFC Urgent Care Lakewood, CO are available seven days a week to diagnose and treat you for a urinary tract infection. Untreated infections can lead to more serious complications, extending your recovery time and making it more expensive.
What is a urinary tract infection?
Your urinary system consists of your urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. If any part of this system becomes infected, then you have a UTI. However, more often than not, the infection will occur in the lower part of this system: The bladder or urethra. These two areas are parts of the urinary system that takes urine from your bladder and out of your body.
A UTI occurs when bacteria enter your urinary system through the urethra. Usually, the bacteria begin to multiply in the bladder, causing the infection. While our body is pretty good at keeping this bacterium out of our urinary system, occasionally this same bacterium can slip by and cause an infection.
Unlike other infections, a UTI is far more common in women. First, there is less distance between a female urethra and the anus as well as the distance between the urethral opening and a woman’s bladder. There are a variety of causes for a UTI. Postmenopausal women have been shown to be very susceptible. Most of the time the bacteria that cause a UTI are found in the gastroenterological tract.
When I come down with a UTI, what are the symptoms?
Unfortunately, not all UTI’s produce symptoms. These mild infections will run their course and you might not even notice it. However, when you do have symptoms they can include:
- Cloudy urine
- Stronger than usual need to urinate.
- Burning feeling when urinating.
- When you do urinate, it is in small amounts and very frequently.
- Strong smelling urine.
- If there is blood in your urine, it may look pink or reddish.
If a urinary tract infection has reached your kidneys, you may experience these symptoms:
- Shaking or Chills
- Upper Back Pain
How do you diagnose a UTI?
At AFC Urgent Care Lakewood, we have an onsite state of the art lab available seven days a week to diagnose your urinary tract infection. When you come to our urgent care center, you will give our staff a urine sample. We will conduct a urinalysis to look for clues to your UTI. These signs can include the pH of your urine; its appearance, as well as byproducts of bacteria and white blood cells.
We may suggest processing a urine culture to determine the exact bacteria that is causing your infection. By figuring out the exact bacteria, we can better prescribe antibiotics that will more effectively kill it and end your infection.
How do you treat a urinary tract infection?
Since a UTI is the result of a bacterial infection, they can be effectively treated with antibiotics. We carry the necessary antibiotics onsite or can send a prescription to your preferred pharmacy. Most of the time, a general antibiotic should be enough to kill off the bacteria. However, if you do not show signs of improvement, a urine culture will be needed to help us pick a stronger antibiotic to knock out the infection.
AFC Urgent Care Lakewood is located at 12105 West Alameda Parkway #100 Lakewood, CO 80228. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm. We accept most major insurances and have self-pay options for the uninsured. Questions about UTI’s or other services we offer? Call our friendly staff today at 720-408-6189!
We look forward to serving you.