Urinary Track Infections (UTI’s),  often referred to as a Bladder Infection,  can infect in any part of your urinary system.  The infection can occur at different points in the urinary tract including — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.  Although most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.  Bladder infections are caused when germs or bacteria enter through the urethra and move into the bladder.  Although the urinary system is designed to keep out such microscopic invaders, these defenses sometimes fail.  Once bacteria reaches the bladder it can quickly spread and travel to the kidneys.   Symptoms may vary depending upon which part of the urinary tract is infected.

Symptoms

  • Pain or burning with urination

  • Urgency or a strong need to urinate often, even after the bladder is empty

  • Frequency of urination
  • Pressure or cramping in lower abdomen

  • Cloudy or bloody urine

  • Strong or foul odor
  • A pain on one side of your back

  • Nausea

 If you are experiencing symptoms, visit the Coastal Urgent Care Baton Rouge Clinic.

Diagnosis and Treatment

A simple test will analyze urine collected from a patient suspected of having a bladder infection or any other form of urinary infection. This test along with signs and symptoms of bladder infection is used to diagnose or rule out a bladder infection or UTI.    Coastal Urgent Care will provide a prompt evaluation and treatment plan.

Antibiotics remain the most common and effective treatment for urinary tract infections.