UTI Treatment Manchester
In this article, we explore what urinary tract infections (UTI’s). What they are, what symptoms you can experience and how to treat it. This piece has been written in conjunction with Everest Medic, who can supply treatments for UTI’s.
What is a UTI?
Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are prevalent infections impacting the bladder, kidneys, and related tubes. They can affect anyone but are more common among women, with some experiencing recurrent UTIs.
UTIs can cause discomfort and pain, but they typically resolve within a few days with antibiotic treatment. This article focuses on adult UTIs. If you’re concerned your child has a UTI, contact us.
Signs and Symptoms of UTIs
There are two types of UTI’s. Lower and Upper.
Lower UTIs involve infections of the bladder (cystitis) or urethra (the tube through which urine exits the body). Symptoms may include:
- – Frequent urination
- – Pain or discomfort during urination
- – Sudden urges to urinate
- – Inability to empty the bladder completely
- – Lower abdominal pain
- – Cloudy, foul-smelling, or bloody urine
- – General malaise, aches, and fatigue
Consult our pharmacist for advice and treatment options for lower UTIs, which are generally not a major concern, and is what we can treat at Everest Medic.
Upper UTIs consist of infections in the kidneys or ureters (tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder). They can cause similar symptoms as lower UTIs, in addition to:
- – High fever (38ºC/100.4ºF or above)
- – Pain in the sides or back
- – Shivering and chills
- – Nausea and vomiting
- – Confusion
- – Agitation or restlessness
Leaving upper UTIs untreated can lead to serious complications, such as kidney damage or bloodstream infection. It’s important that you seek medical attention if you experience any of the symptoms above.
UTI Treatment Options
Antibiotics are the standard treatment for UTIs, with most women receiving a 3-day course of antibiotic capsules or tablets. Men, pregnant women, and those with more severe symptoms may require a longer course.
Symptoms usually subside within 3 to 5 days of starting treatment, but it is crucial to complete the prescribed course of antibiotics, even if you feel better. Over-the-counter pain relievers like paracetamol can alleviate pain, and drinking ample fluids may help improve your condition.
If your symptoms persist, worsen, or return after treatment, you should consult us or your doctor.
UTI Treatment Manchester – Everest Medic
At Everest Pharmacy, we operate a prescribing clinic where we can offer prescription-only treatments, including antibiotics. It’s quick and convenient, and we’re located close to you.