Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common infections in the United States. It may give you some peace of mind knowing you’re not alone in dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms, but if you keep getting UTIs you’re probably feeling pretty frustrated.
We’re here to help. At our offices in West Covina and Santa Clarita, California, our team at Smart Clinic Urgent Care offers same-day evaluation and treatment for UTIs. We can help you get over this infection faster, but we also want to help you avoid future UTIs. So let’s look at some of the most common causes of recurring urinary tract infections.
1. Wiping in the wrong direction
In most cases, UTIs are caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a bacterium in your intestines. Women who wipe from back to front after using the bathroom risk carrying that bacteria up to their urinary tract, where it can cause an infection.
2. Not urinating after intercourse
Intercourse increases your risk for UTIs, but you can take a step to limit that risk. Peeing after intercourse can help flush bacteria from your urethra, reducing the likelihood that you’ll develop a UTI.
3. Going through menopause
Although you can’t do anything about this one, it’s worth mentioning. Unfortunately, your risk for UTIs increases significantly during and after menopause because of the reduction in estrogen that comes with this bodily change.
4. An issue with your immune system
Theoretically, even if E. coli does get into your urinary tract, your body’s defenses should prevent an infection. But if your immune system is compromised, the defense it mounts might fall short. Diabetes and other immune-compromising conditions can heighten your risk for UTIs.
5. Specific genes
Recent studies have shown that a specific gene might increase your likelihood of a serious UTI. Fortunately, researchers are looking for a way to treat this cause of urinary tract infections.
In other cases, a genetic abnormality can cause urinary retention, or the inability to empty your bladder fully. This allows urine to stagnate, making it easier for UTI-causing bacteria to flourish.
Ultimately, no matter what’s causing your UTI, you want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. That’s where we come in. You can visit either of our urgent care locations to get access to a broad spectrum of fast-acting UTI treatments, including antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories, and medications like pain relievers that keep you more comfortable.
For quick, effective UTI care, call either of our offices or book your telemedicine appointment online today.