Urinary Tract Infections: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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We are dedicated to providing accessible and effective treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs) through the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme. Below, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about UTIs, their symptoms, duration, treatment options, natural remedies, potential complications, and how you can receive expert care at our pharmacy.

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that affects any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. UTIs are commonly caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract through the urethra and multiplying in the bladder. While anyone can develop a UTI, they are more prevalent in women due to their shorter urethras, which make it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

Symptoms of a UTI may vary depending on the part of the urinary tract affected but commonly include:

– Pain or burning sensation during urination
– Frequent or urgent need to urinate
– Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
– Blood in the urine (haematuria)
– Pelvic pain in women
– Rectal pain in men

How long do UTIs last?

The duration of a UTI can vary depending on factors such as the severity of the infection, the individual’s immune system, and whether appropriate treatment is administered. Typically, with proper treatment, symptoms of a UTI may begin to improve within a few days. However, it’s crucial to complete the full course of antibiotics prescribed by our pharmacist to ensure the infection is fully eradicated.

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How to treat UTIs?

The primary treatment for UTIs involves antibiotics to target and eliminate the bacteria causing the infection. Our pharmacists can prescribe antibiotics based on factors such as the type of bacteria present and any underlying medical conditions. It’s essential to follow the prescribed dosage and duration of the antibiotic treatment to prevent recurrence and antibiotic resistance.

In addition to antibiotics, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate discomfort associated with UTI symptoms. It’s vital to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to help flush out bacteria from the urinary tract.

Natural remedies that can help

While antibiotics are the cornerstone of UTI treatment, several natural remedies may help alleviate symptoms and support overall urinary tract health. These include:

– Drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry supplements, which may help prevent bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract walls.
– Consuming probiotics, such as yoghurt or supplements containing beneficial bacteria, to promote a healthy balance of gut and urinary tract flora.
– Increasing water intake to promote frequent urination and flush out bacteria from the urinary tract.
– Avoiding irritants such as caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods, which can exacerbate UTI symptoms.

UTI complications

Although most UTI’s are uncomplicated and resolve with appropriate treatment, untreated or recurrent UTI’s can lead to complications such as:

– Kidney infection (pyelonephritis), which can cause fever, chills, nausea, and back pain.
– Sepsis is a life-threatening condition characterised by a systemic inflammatory response to infection.
– Permanent kidney damage or scarring.
– Increased risk of recurrent UTI’s.

It’s essential to seek prompt medical attention if you experience severe or recurrent UTI symptoms to prevent complications and ensure effective treatment.

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How to get treatment at G.M. Graham Pharmacy

At G.M. Graham Pharmacy, we offer convenient access to UTI treatment through the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme. To receive treatment, simply visit our pharmacy and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable pharmacists. They will conduct a confidential consultation to assess your symptoms and provide appropriate advice and treatment options.

If antibiotics are required, our pharmacists can dispense them on-site, ensuring you receive prompt relief from your UTI symptoms. We also provide comprehensive counselling on medication usage, potential side effects, and strategies to promote urinary tract health and prevent future infections.

Additionally, our pharmacy stocks a range of over-the-counter products to alleviate UTI symptoms, including pain relievers and urinary tract health supplements. Our team is dedicated to supporting your health and well-being every step of the way.

Get UTI Treatment in Essex

UTIs are common infections that can cause significant discomfort and inconvenience. However, with prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment, most UTI’s can be effectively managed. At G.M. Graham Pharmacy, we are committed to providing accessible, high-quality UTI treatment through the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme, ensuring you receive the care you need when you need it most. Visit us today to get UTI treatment in Essex.


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This blog was written on behalf of G.M. Graham Pharmacies by Pharmacy Mentor.