If you’ve ever had a UTI, you know it’s no picnic. UTIs are often extremely uncomfortable, even painful, and can lead to a host of other problems if not properly treated. For this reason, early treatment is definitely key when it comes to UTIs.
Dr. Daniel S. Kushner and the rest of our team at our two New York offices want to ensure you get treatment for your urinary tract infection as soon as possible and that you also understand why this early intervention is so important.
Recognizing a UTI
According to a 2013 study, 50-60% of women experience a UTI at least once in their lives. Unfortunately, a large number of women experience multiple UTIs. Whether it’s your first UTI or your fifth, It’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms. The common symptoms of this disorder are:
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Burning sensation during urination
- Passing small amounts of urine frequently
- Cloudy, strong smelling, or strangely colored urine that appears pink, red, or cola-colored
- Pelvic pain
- Pus or blood in the urine
If you notice these symptoms, don’t wait. Make an appointment with us as soon as you can to get treatment quickly.
Why your UTI needs to be treated quickly
Urinary tract infections can become much worse if they are not treated. For one, they can cause recurrent infections, leading to two or more UTIs in a six-month period. The infection can also spread to your kidneys, which can create an acute or chronic kidney infection. This infection can potentially lead to sepsis, which can be life-threatening.
Women who are pregnant are especially vulnerable to serious side effects of UTIs, including premature delivery.
For all these reasons and more, you should never let a UTI go untreated. If you think you might have a UTI, it is better to talk to Dr. Kushner sooner rather than later and to get treatment as quickly as you can.
Dangers of at-home remedies for UTIs
Don’t misunderstand the dangers associated with UTIs. Because there are a number of at-home remedies, you may believe you can simply flush the problem away by drinking lots of water and cranberry juice or by taking a probiotic.
These remedies are preventive at best, meaning they may help you avoid a UTI before it happens. Once you have a UTI, though, you need treatment from a doctor in the form of antibiotics. Still, it doesn’t hurt to use at-home remedies while you are awaiting you appointment.
Do you think you have a UTI? Don’t wait. Make an appointment to see Dr. Kushner at one of our two offices today. Call us today or make an appointment online for your earliest convenience. Remember, getting early treatment is extremely important in the case of a UTI.