A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a general term for an infection anywhere between the kidneys and the tip of the penis. UTIs can also be a result of a prostate problem. Most cause pain or burning when you urinate.
Most UTIs are caused by bacteria and can be cured with antibiotics. It is important to complete your treatment so that the infection does not get worse.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
If you have a drainage tube (catheter) in place, the following steps will help you care for it.
To empty the urine collection bag
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD, FACS - Urology
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