Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common and need medical care to prevent complications. At Minit Medical Urgent Care and Physical Therapy in Kihei, Kahului, and Lahaina, Hawaii, Lane Thaut, DO, and the team diagnose and treat UTIs. With offices island-wide, the team can help you feel better fast. Call or schedule an appointment online today. Walk-ins are welcome, and virtual visits are available.
A UTI is an infection of the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. The infection may occur in any part of the urinary system.
Your urine is a waste product made by your kidneys that helps eliminate excess fluid and electrolytes. Normally, your urine is germ-free and easily moves through your urinary system without any problems.
However, when bacteria get into this system, usually through the urethra, they cause inflammation and infection, leading to pain and difficulty urinating.
UTIs are a very common infection, especially in women who have a shorter urethra than men.
UTIs cause inflammation of the lining of the urinary tract. This inflammation causes symptoms such as:
Not everyone who has a UTI develops obvious symptoms, which can make it hard to know when you need help. Fatigue, mental changes or confusion, and lower back pain are other signs and symptoms of a UTI.
The team at Minit Medical Urgent Care and Physical Therapy performs a thorough evaluation when you come in with concerns about a UTI. They review your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam.
They take samples of your urine to diagnose your UTI and determine the best treatment.
Minit Medical Urgent Care and Physical Therapy treat residents and tourists, providing care for all ages.
Antibiotics are the primary treatment for a UTI. The team at Minit Medical Urgent Care and Physical Therapy prescribes your antibiotic and gives you specific instructions on how to take it. You must finish your antibiotic as instructed to prevent a recurrence of your UTI.
The team also recommends drinking plenty of fluids to help flush out the infection. They recommend returning for a follow-up visit if you continue to have symptoms or your symptoms get worse.
When left untreated, a UTI can lead to a kidney infection and kidney damage.
For relief from your UTI, call Minit Medical Urgent Care and Physical Therapy or book an appointment online now. Walk-ins are welcome.