Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are a very common condition. In fact, more often than not, when patients call House Calls & Virtual Visits they have already experienced the symptoms and have been diagnosed with this condition before.
If you are experiencing painful urination or bladder pain, your physician will often begin the Virtual Visit by asking the following types of questions: Have you had these symptoms before? Have you ever been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection? Is there discomfort and burning with urination? Was there an inciting event? Physicians listen carefully to determine whether the patient is suffering from a UTI or a more complicated condition that might present with similar symptoms. Collection of the patient’s history is critical in determining whether a patient has an uncomplicated UTI or something else that may require follow-up testing or a physician office visit. The physician will also examine the patient, which may include among other things determining whether the patient has a fever or is experiencing tenderness or back pain.
While physicians will sometimes order a urinalysis, in many cases a urinalysis is not necessary to make a diagnosis. Either way, the physician may want to begin treatment before the urinalysis results come back. This is because a urine culture can take 48 hours before it starts growing any bacteria.
Most urinary tract infections are treated with prescription antibiotics and non-prescription advice to help alleviate the infection sooner, like foods to eat, liquids to drink, activities to avoid, etc. Your physician can also help by suggesting ways to prevent future urinary tract infections.