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UTI Specialist

Cima Medical Centers

Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

A urinary tract infection, or UTI, can lead to painful and more frequent urination. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a UTI, Israel Alvarado, MD, Robert Webb, PA, and the team at Cima Medical Centers provide on-site diagnostic testing, so they can confirm your diagnosis and quickly get you started on treatment. With four offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, you have a clinic nearby to receive the care you need. You can request a UTI exam online or over the phone, or you can walk into any location during normal business hours.

UTI Q & A

What causes a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) develops anywhere throughout your urinary system — bladder, urethra, or even kidneys — when bacteria begin to multiply. UTIs affect both men and women. But usually, women are more likely to have UTIs because their urethras are shorter, and bacteria can easily sneak into the bladder.

Women are often prone to struggling with UTIs because their anus is extremely close to their vagina. This means that Escherichia coli (E. coli) from your gastrointestinal tract can easily get into your urethra.

Your risk of developing a UTI further increases due to:

  • Using certain types of birth control, such as a diaphragm
  • Changes in your urinary tract due to menopause
  • Weakened immune system
  • Frequent catheter use

Having a history of kidney stones or an enlarged prostate can trap bacteria and urine in your bladder, which can also lead to a UTI. 

How do I know if I have a UTI?

One of the most common symptoms of a UTI, as well as a bladder infection, is burning while urinating. Depending on the severity of your UTI and how far into your urinary tract the infection has spread, you may also experience:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Cloudy urine
  • Bladder leakage
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Brown or pink-colored urine
  • Strong urge to urinate (even if your bladder is empty)

Though these symptoms are telltale signs of a UTI, the only way to know for sure if you have a UTI is to come into Cima Medical Centers for a urinalysis. Your practitioner goes over all of your symptoms and helps you find the best treatment and prevention solutions. 

What is the treatment for a UTI?

In most cases, antibiotics are essential for fighting a painful UTI. With a simple UTI, your doctor may prescribe a short course of antibiotics to treat your infection.

But if you have frequent UTIs, you may need a longer course of low-dose antibiotics. Your provider can even get you started on vaginal estrogen therapy to help with menopause-related issues.

Your dedicated practitioner at Cima Medical Centers is also likely going to recommend:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Changing your birth control
  • Taking cranberry tablets or drinking cranberry juice
  • Making dietary changes, like minimizing caffeine intakes

These simple steps can help treat your current UTI and lower your risk of painful UTIs in the future. 

Cima Medical Centers provides on-site diagnostics for UTIs and bladder infections so that you can get started on treatment right away. Request your exam online or over the phone at the office nearest you.