You Might Have a UTI and Not Even Know it
A UTI or urinary tract infection is an infection of any part of the urinary tract. The urinary tract is made up of the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra. To learn more about the urinary tract you can talk to your primary healthcare provider or ask a doctor online by booking a tele appointment with physician.
What is a tele-appointment?
A tele-appointment is an online doctor appointment that you schedule according to your convenience by downloading an online doctor app on your smartphone or mobile device. Online healthcare services are being used by more and more people simply because it saves so much time! With an online doctor app, you gain instant access to an online clinic list in Pakistan of top-notch online physicians. Instead of waiting an hour on hold to book a conventional doctor appointment, you can schedule a tele-appointment with physician within minutes and get treated for an UTI at home!
What exactly is an UTI?
A UTI is a tricky infection because sometimes it doesn’t cause any symptoms at all. You can have an active infection and not even know you have it! Check out these fast facts on UTIs:
- UTIs are more common in females as compared to men
- Most UTIs need to be treated with antibiotics
- UTIs can get complicated even life-threatening if not treated
What are the signs and symptoms of an UTI?
As mentioned above, in some cases a person having an infection won’t even know it because there are no symptoms. However, when symptoms do occur, keep the following in mind:
- Burning urination
- A strong urge to urinate but only drops come out
- A frequent urge to urinate
- Different colored urine (bright orange, cola colored, or red)
- Blood in urine
- Pelvic pain
In severe cases, an UTI may be associated with a high fever with chills and pain radiating up to the flank region. Nausea and vomiting may also occur. If you experience any of the above symptoms see your doctor as soon as possible or book a tele-appointment with a physician and get an online doctor consultation quicker. Tele-appointment with physicians is a great way to get instant medical advice and treatment on the go. Studies show that online healthcare services cut overall healthcare expenses in half.
How can an online physician treat my UTI?
So tele-appointment with physicians is quite simple. You download an online physician app on your smartphone (most online doctor apps are free). Then you register yourself as a patient and access an online clinic list of a qualified healthcare professionals in your region (or anywhere in Pakistan). Choose a time slot that suits you and book a tele-appointment with the physician right there and then.
A tele-appointment with physician is either through audio call or video call. The online doctor will take a detailed history and examine any apparent symptoms on a video calls. After the online physician has all the necessary information, a treatment plan will be discussed with you.
The great thing about online physicians is that follow-ups and getting re-fill prescriptions is much easier. No need to wait outside the doctor’s office for something that takes 5 minutes. You can book your next tele-appointment with a physician anytime you feel you need expert medical advice.
What causes an UTI?
Most UTIs are caused by bacteria such as E.Coli, which is naturally found in the G.I tract. Females are at a higher risk of developing UTIs because the distance between the urethra and the anus is shorter than in males. STDs can also contribute to the development of UTIs because the urethra is in close proximity with the vagina.
There are certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood of getting an urinary tract infection which include:
- Anatomy of the female
- Sexually active females
- Compromised immune system
- Use of birth control devices like the diaphragm
- Urethral catheterization
- Blockage caused by kidney stones or large prostate gland
- Congenital urinary tract abnormalities
If you have any of the above-mentioned risk factors then see your doctor. If a conventional doctor’s appointment is taking a long time then book a tele-appointment with physician with an online doctor app. Get prompt expert medical advice from home and discuss a treatment or management plan that works for you.
How to treat an UTI?
Your doctor may advise a urine test to confirm the diagnosis. A urinalysis usually shows white blood cells, red blood cells or bacteria during an infection. Most UTIs are treated with antibiotics. Your online physician is authorized to write a prescription online for antibiotics that are easily available at your neighborhood drug store. Antibiotics are the first line of treatment and the type of antibiotic and duration depends on the type of bacteria found in your urine and the severity of symptoms.
Book a tele appointment with doctors if you’re confused about how to use the antibiotics. Do not self-medicate or adjust the dose yourself. Always consult a doctor before using medication and always follow doctor’s orders
What you can do at home for symptom relief
Drink lots of water
It is very important to drink lots of water during a urinary tract infection to flush out the bacteria through urine. Water helps dilute the urine and eliminate tiny stones as well that may be contributing to the infection.
Avoid certain drinks
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and fizzy drinks. Anything that might upset the bladder or alter the ph of the bladder. These liquids promote diuresis i.e. they make you want to pee more. It can aggravate your existing urge to urinate even more.
If you want to give online doctor consultation a try then download the My live doctors app on your smartphone and book tele-appointment with a physician today! Get treated quicker, get better quicker!