Bladder & Urinary Tract Infections
What are bladder & urinary tract infections?
A bladder infection or urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in your urinary system. Your urinary system is composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Any part of your urinary system can become infected, but most infections involve the lower urinary tract the bladder and the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection than are men. A urinary tract infection limited to your bladder can be painful and disruptive. However, serious consequences can occur if a urinary tract infection spreads to your kidneys.
Risk for developing a bladder infection/UTI increases with:
- Infection in other parts of the genitourinary system. Bacteria can reach the bladder from another part of the body through the bloodstream. Bacteria can enter the urinary tract from skin around the genital and anal area.
- Frequent or vigorous sexual activity
- Poor hygiene
- Certain types of birth control
- Urinary tract problems (tumors, kidney stones or narrowing of the ureters or urethra)
- Injury to the urethra (the tube from the bladder to the outside)
- Use of a urinary catheter to empty the bladder
- Incomplete bladder emptying
What are the symptoms of bladder & urinary tract infections?
Symptoms of a bladder infection/UTI may include:
- Pressure, burning, or stinging during urination
- Frequent urination, increased urge to urinate
- Sensation of incomplete bladder emptying
- Pain in the abdomen over the bladder
- Lower-back pain
- Blood in the urine, foul-smelling urine, or cloudy urine
- Low fever and chills
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Lack of urinary control (sometimes)
- A need to urinate more often at night
What is the treatment for bladder & urinary tract infections?
Visit Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens to be evaluated for a urinary tract infection. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat an infection.* In addition, you can take steps to reduce your chance of getting a urinary tract infection in the first place.
- Drink eight glasses of water every day
- Avoid potentially irritating feminine products such as douche, hygiene sprays or deodorants
- Avoid bubble baths
- Wear underwear with a cotton crotch
- Avoid postponing urination
- Urinate within 15 minutes after intercourse
- Always wipe from front to back after urinating
Bladder & urinary tract infection treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for females ages 6 and older.
Walk in or schedule an appointment at the Healthcare Clinic nearest you.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
1 Prescriptions written when clinically appropriate. Patients have a choice of pharmacy.
2 Service is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.
* Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co. or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems, LLC.