A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria that are naturally present in the perineal area travel up the urethral tubing and into the bladder, this causes an infection that irritates the lining of the bladder and the urethral tubing.
Women are more at risk for this painful condition due to their shorter urethral tube. It is estimated around 50% of all women in the UK have experienced a UTI.
The symptoms of a UTI can include:
Some urinary tract infections may pass in 1-3 days. If it is not settling or appearing to get worse, it can usually be easily treated with a short course of antibiotics. Sometimes longer courses of treatment may be needed if there is concern that things have not settled or if there is a history of recurrent infections.
If you are concerned you may have symptoms of a UTI we recommend you get in touch to have a GP consultation, which can be done over the phone or in person. One of our doctors will discuss your symptoms and may do a test on a urine specimen called urinalysis. This can help guide treatment, particularly if the infection does not settle, or if you experience recurrent infections.
There are some steps you can take at home if you feel you are in the early stages of developing a UTI. These include:
*We do not advise using any antibiotic treatment unless this has been discussed with a doctor*
Some steps that can be helpful if you suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections are:
If you're concerned that you're showing symptoms of a UTI and want to speak to one of our private GPs, please book one of our UTI video consultations to discuss with a doctor the best treatment.
If you suffer from repeated infections please do book a general GP consultation with one of our privateGPs to discuss options, including referral to urology specialists who can discuss options with you, including a vaccination for UTIs.