Urinary Tract Infection Treatment in Sioux Falls, SD
A Urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection in the urinary system that is typically found in the bladder. Urinary tract infections are more common in women than men. The symptoms of a urinary tract infection can be painful and uncomfortable, but they can be easily treated by Urology Specialists.
If you’re struggling with reoccurring UTIs or would like tips on future prevention, contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started. The urologists with Urology Specialists are board-certified by the American Board of Urology and have extensive experience diagnosing and treating UTIs. We have many offices across South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Types of Urinary Tract Infections
- Kidney infection (acute pyelonephritis): a severe infection includes symptoms such as a high fever, bloody/cloudy urine, and nausea and vomiting
- Bladder infection (cystitis): inflammation of the bladder caused by a bacterial infection, which typically results in frequent and painful urination
- Urethral infection (urethritis): burning with urination, often with discharge
What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?
The following symptoms are commonly associated with UTIs:
- Burning with urination
- A frequent urge to urinate
- Frequent, small amounts of urine
- Cloudy, dark, or bloody urine
- Fever or chills
- Pelvic pain (more common in women)
If you experience one or more of these UTI symptoms, contact our office as soon as possible to receive early intervention and treatment.
What Causes a Urinary Tract Infection?
The most common cause of a urinary tract infection is when bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra and spreads toward the bladder. If the infection is not treated, it may continue on to affect the kidneys and their function. Women are more prone to urinary tract infections than men due to the fact that females have a shorter urethra, which allows for a quicker introduction of bacteria to the bladder.
Treatment for a Urinary Tract Infection
Our providers usually treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics. Symptoms typically clear up within a few days of treatment, but it may be necessary to continue the antibiotics for up to a week or more. Pain medication may be prescribed in addition to the antibiotics in order to numb the bladder and urethra which often cause a very unpleasant burning sensation during urination when a UTI is present.
Tips to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection
Follow these lifestyle tips in order to prevent urinary tract infections in the future:
- Drink plenty of water
- Empty your bladder as soon as you feel the urge to urinate and ensure that you have emptied your bladder completely
- Wipe from front to back
- Avoid feminine products that may irritate the urinary system or genital area
- Consider taking cranberry supplements
Schedule a Consultation with Urology Specialists
If you think you are experiencing symptoms of a urinary tract infection or have any additional questions on prevention, contact Urology Specialists today at (605) 336-0635. We have offices throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.
Schedule a UTI Consultation
If you are struggling with pain caused by a UTI, don’t wait to see a specialist. For patients in the Sioux Falls area, the team of specialists with Urology Specialists is here to help. Our urologists are board-certified by the American Board of Urology and have extensive experience diagnosing and treating UTIs. To schedule an appointment and discuss your treatment options, please call our office today at (605) 336-0635. We see patients at our offices in Sioux Falls, Madison, Ortonville, Brookings, Worthington, Marshall, Parkston, Rock Valley, Hendricks, Huron, Mitchell, Sibley, Pipestone, Rock Rapids, Luverne, and Sheldon.