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About UTIs and symptoms of uncomplicated cases.
UTIs are the most common bacterial infections in women. Here in Canada, women make nearly 500,000 trips the doctor’s office every year due to UTIs, according to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Typical treatment includes a short course of antibiotics like Septra or Macrobid.
Many women trying to self-diagnose can mistake their UTI symptoms for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like chlamydia and gonorrhoea, or pregnancy related issues. If you have ever experienced the feeling of passing sharp razor blades during urination, you are aware of how painful a UTI can be. The symptoms of a common infection include:
- Increased frequency of urination
- Burning with urination
- Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
- Absence of fever or significant abdominal or back pain
- No possibility of pregnancy or STIs
- Dr. Brett Belchetz, ER Physician, Toronto
When you need an in person visit for your UTI.
Urine samples are only recommended if there is a suspicion of a more serious kidney infection. Also, if your symptoms do not improve within 2 to 4 weeks of treatment and/or you experience the following additional symptoms, you should consider seeking more urgent medical care:
- Blood or pus in the urine
- Fever, chills or vomiting
- Diabetes or chronic illness
- Bad back pain
- A history of kidney infection or disease
- Pain or urination during pregnancy
- Dr. Peter Iracleous, ER Physician, Toronto