How Long Does a Urinary Tract Infection Last?
Urinary tract infections (also known as a UTI) can happen to both men and women. While women are more susceptible to this medical condition, men often have more complications from these types of infections. If you suspect you may have a urinary tract infection, it is best to seek medical treatment as soon as possible before the infection grows worse. Left untreated, a UTI may spread, causing serious complications.
Fortunately, most UTIs are very treatable and the team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville is available seven days a week to get you a diagnosis and treatment plan. We proudly serve Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and all surrounding areas!
What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?
A urinary tract infection occurs when any part of the urinary tract (from the kidneys to the bladder) is infected. Depending on the severity of the UTI, a person may experience significant pain or discomfort.
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Constant urge to urinate
- Pelvic pain
- Cloudy urine
- Urine appears to have blood in it
- Strong odor in urine
When Will My UTI Go Away?
How long a urinary tract infection lasts depends on the severity of the infection, as well as how promptly treatment begins. Fortunately, a UTI usually begins to clear up within 24 hours of treatment. It is never advised to let a UTI “run it’s course” or to rely on home remedies. Studies have shown over and over the best treatment is a course of antibiotics.
Treating a UTI
- Take antibiotics as prescribed.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Apply a heating pad to the pelvic area.
- Drink 100 percent cranberry juice as recommended by doctor.
- Take OTC or prescription pain relievers if needed.
Don’t let a UTI hold you back from having fun! If you think you might be experiencing signs of a UTI or other condition, visit AFC Urgent Care of Sevierville today for a urine test and treatment plan.