The Best Place for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Urinary tract infections can be serious. Most often occurring in women, a urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection anywhere along the urinary tract, including the bladder. When bacteria gets into the opening of the urethra (where urine leaves the body), it may become too much for urine to naturally flush it away. When this happens, a UTI can develop and even lead to other types of infection.
The Urgency Room is well-equipped to assess, diagnose and treat your urinary tract infections. With three locations around the Twin Cities, you can count on our accessibility and short wait times to be seen quickly and start on the track to recovery. Each UR location in Woodbury, Eagan and Vadnais Heights is open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day of the year—including holidays. With the assurance that you can be seen with minimal wait 365 days of the year gives you peace of mind for every urgent medical need.
The Urgency Room is owned and operated by the Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA), which means you will always be in the best hands. Our physicians are highly experienced and many also work in emergency rooms around the Metro area. Each freestanding Urgency Room is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment necessary to diagnose, assess and treat your acute urgent medical needs.
Whether you’ve been suffering from chest pains or sudden breaks or cuts, the Urgency Room can help you quicker than a traditional emergency room. You can always see how long your expected wait time will be at any of our locations on our website—our wait times are often under 30 minutes! Our physicians are waiting to help you with your urgent medical needs now.
What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?
Bacteria are naturally flushed from your urethra when you urinate. However, if there are too many or if bacteria have traveled too far up the urethra, you could develop a UTI. Ninety percent of UTIs are caused by Escherichia coli, better known as E. coli. E. coli bacteria live in the colon and around the anus.
Women are more likely to develop a UTI because of the proximity of the urethra to the anus. Because of this increased likelihood of developing a UTI, wiping from front to back (urethra to anus) is emphasized to deter bringing bacteria from the colon toward the urethra. Aside from improper wiping, sexual intercourse is the other common cause of urinary tract infections. UTIs aren’t contagious, but they should still be treated as soon as possible.
What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?
The symptoms of a urinary tract infection may be subtle or immensely apparent. If you fear you have a UTI, keep on the look out for the following symptoms:
- Feeling shaky
- Increased feeling of being tired
- A burning sensation while urinating
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- Urine that smells unusual
- Frequent urge to go to the bathroom
- Pain in your lower back or abdomen
All of these can be signs that you have contracted a urinary tract infection. If you feel like one or many of these symptoms apply to you, head to your nearest Urgency Room. You’ll be asked to provide a urine sample for testing and so our physicians can accurately determine what is causing your pain and discomfort when urinating. Symptoms such as a fever or chills could indicate that the infection has traveled further, potentially into the kidneys. In order to rule out the spread of infection, seeking medical help is always the way to go.
You may be at increased risk for acquiring a UTI if you have an obstruction in your urinary tract (such as a kidney stone), have a medical condition that prevents you from fully emptying your bladder, are sexually active, have an enlarged prostate or if you use a diaphragm for birth control. Children are also at an increased risk due to improper wiping and poor hand-washing habits.
How Can I Prevent or Treat a UTI?
While it may be difficult to prevent a UTI in some instances, there are precautions you can take to decrease your risk of getting one. If you are a woman, practice proper wiping habits: Always wipe front to back to eliminate spreading bacteria from your anus to your urethra. Also, be safe when having sexual intercourse—never put something near your urethra that has been in or around your anus.
Treating a UTI should be done by a physician. Get to your nearest Urgency Room the same day you start recognizing symptoms of a urinary tract infection. You’ll be seen in a fraction of the time than if you went to your average emergency room and assessed by some of the best physicians in the Twin Cities. After assessing and diagnosing your UTI, your Urgency Room physician will tell you how to best treat your infection.
Many times, antibiotics are prescribed. Remember to complete your antibiotic regime even if you believe the infection cleared before the medication has been used in its entirety. When you’re at home, check out our extensive video library featuring aftercare videos discussing how to further relieve your UTI. Taking pain relief drugs, such as ibuprofen, or using a heating pad on your abdomen could also relieve any pain you continue feeling before the infection has cleared. Altering your diet for a few days could also help: Increase your water intake and cut out caffeine, alcohol or spicy foods, all of which can irritate your bladder. The duration of antibiotic treatment will vary depending on the severity of your bladder infection.
The Urgency Room Is Waiting for You
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of a mild to severe urinary tract infection, get to your nearest Urgency Room! With extended hours and convenient locations, our accessibility is excellent. When you want to be seen quickly and without the hassle of an emergency room, The Urgency Room of Eagan, Vadnais Heights and Woodbury is your solution to the best urgent care in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Check us out today!