When a urinary tract infection spreads to the kidneys, it can cause severe complications. Nurse Practitioner Tamara Washington of the Elite NP Clinic treats patients with urinary tract infections in DeSoto, Texas and the surrounding communities. From accurate and efficient diagnostic testing to personalized and comprehensive treatment plans, Nurse Washington prioritizes spending time with each patient and exceeds the scope of traditional medicine. To visit Elite NP Clinic for your healthcare concerns, schedule your consultation online or call the DeSoto office.
A urinary tract infection, or a UTI, is an infection that involves any part of your urinary system: your ureters, bladder, urethra, and kidneys. If the infection spreads to your kidneys, there can be serious complications.
Symptoms of a UTI can include:
Signs of a more severe UTI infection of the kidneys include fever, chills, widespread back pain, nausea, and vomiting.
Urinary tract infections usually occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra. The bacteria settle and multiply in the bladder. Your body’s defense system is designed to keep these foreign invaders out, but these defenses sometimes fail.
An infection of the urethra, or urethritis, typically occurs when gastrointestinal bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. Certain sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes and chlamydia, can also lead to urethritis.
Most commonly, UTIs occur in women and affect the bladder and urethra.
The risk factors for a UTI include:
Working with a specialist like Nurse Washington is helpful when it comes to preventing urinary tract infections. You should also:
Nurse Washington first determines the type of urinary tract infection you have through a series of tests, such as a urine sample test, imaging of the urinary tract, and a cystoscopy.
A cystoscopy involves using a scope to examine your urethra and bladder. Nurse Washington gently inserts the cystoscope in your urethra and through to your bladder.
Treatments for UTIs include:
If you have symptoms or concerns, visit Nurse Washington, and call or book your appointment online for compassionate care.