Urinary Tract Infection Specialist

Raintree Healthcare

Primary Care Practices & Pediatric Care located in Allen, TX

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, as they account for over six million physician visits yearly in the United States. If you experience unusual urinary symptoms and desire relief, primary care physicians Yuri Cook, MD, FAAP, Hoang Ho, MD, and the expert team at Raintree Healthcare in Allen, Texas, can help. They offer advanced UTI treatments to eliminate the infection and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Raintree Healthcare over the phone or online today.

Urinary Tract Infection Q&A

What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection or UTI is an infection in part of your urinary system, which includes your bladder, urethra, ureters, and kidneys. 

Symptoms of urinary tract infections might feel uncomfortable or become serious if they spread to your kidneys. That’s why immediate UTI treatment is important.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

If you experience the following signs or symptoms, you may have a urinary tract infection.

  • Red, pink, or brown-colored urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • A persistent urge to urinate
  • Burning urination
  • Cloudy urine
  • Passing small amounts of urine frequently 
  • Pelvic pain in women

Simple UTI treatments are available at Raintree Healthcare. See a provider at the first sign of a UTI to clear it up and prevent complications.

What are the risk factors for urinary tract infections?

A urinary tract infection can happen to anybody, but the following factors increase your risk of developing one.

  • Being a woman
  • Some types of birth control
  • Being sexually active
  • Menopause
  • A weak immune system
  • Urinary tract blockages or abnormalities
  • Using a catheter
  • Undergoing urinary procedures

If left untreated, UTIs can cause complications like recurrent infections, urethral narrowing in men, kidney damage, or potentially life-threatening sepsis. 

To diagnose a UTI, your Raintree Healthcare specialist takes a urine sample. For more complex cases, they might recommend imaging procedures like CT scans, ultrasound, or MRIs.

How are UTIs treated?

Your primary care provider might recommend one or more of the following treatments to clear up a UTI.

  • Antibiotics
  • Other medications
  • Lifestyle remedies

Lifestyle remedies that help ease urinary tract infection symptoms include drinking plenty of water, avoiding coffee, alcohol, soda, and citrus juices, and using a heating pad. 

Can I prevent urinary tract infections?

You can’t always prevent urinary tract infections, but a few simple strategies can lower your risk:

  • Drink a lot of water
  • Drink cranberry juice
  • Empty your bladder after sexual intercourse
  • Avoid irritating feminine products
  • Wipe from front to back
  • Avoid using diaphragms
  • Don’t use spermicide-treated or unlubricated condoms

Don’t let a UTI go untreated and lead to serious complications. Schedule an appointment with Raintree Healthcare over the phone or online today.