Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

A Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system including the urethra, kidneys and bladder. A UTI is a common condition amongst both men and women - though women are at a greater risk of developing a UTI. Symptoms and severity vary and can last several days to weeks.

Help for UTIs at Bronson

If a UTI is causing you concern, discomfort or interrupting your daily life, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to provide the relief you need.

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Common Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection 

  • Burning feeling when urinating
  • Intense and frequent urge to urinate, even if little comes out when you do
  • Pressure or pain in the lower back and lower abdomen
  • Cloudy, dark and even strange-smelling urine

What Are Causes and Risk Factors of a UTI?

There are many things that may cause UTIs including:

  • E. Coli bacteria
  • History of UTI
  • Prolonged use of urinary catheters
  • Urinary tract obstructions or blockages - including an enlarged prostate, kidney stones and certain forms of cancer
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • A weakened immune system
  • Diabetes

Prevention Tips to Avoid a UTI

Some simple lifestyle changes can help prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI) such as:

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Drink fluids
  • Make sure you are emptying your bladder regularly
  • Changing your birth control
  • Changing your clothing - avoid tight-fitting clothing and switch to cotton underwear

UTI Treatment

It is important to treat a UTI - the sooner, the better. Contact your doctor or view the Need Care Now? section below.

Types of treatment

Several treatments can help you alleviate and manage your discomfort. 

  • If you are confirmed to have a UTI, your provider will prescribe antibiotics
  • Increase your water intake
  • Use heating pads
  • Over-the-counter supplements. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting any supplements and ask if these could be a good choice for you

When to Seek Medical Care

If you have been diagnosed with a UTI and your symptoms are worsening, call your doctor.

Seek immediate care if:

  • You have a fever
  • Are experiencing back pain
  • Are vomiting

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On Demand Video Visit

See a doctor online using your smartphone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your home for minor illnesses (patients 18 months or older).

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Contact your Primary Care Provider

Current patients can schedule in-person or video visit appointments by calling the office.

Scheduled Video Visit

Find a doctor and schedule online or by calling (269) 341-7788.

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Walk-in care for minor illnesses for patients (18 months or older) in Kalamazoo.

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Urgent Care

Walk-in care for non-life threatening illnesses or injuries in Battle Creek.

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Emergency Care

Walk-in care for serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses. If you are unable to walk-in, dial 911 for emergency assistance.

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Find the Right Care Based on Your Need

Still not sure which is the best care option for you? Visit our Need Care Now page to compare options.

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Know When to Dial 911

If you are have persisting or worsening symptoms, or are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as chest pain, trouble breathing or stroke symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.