UTI Specialist

ERgent Med

Immediate Care & Primary Care located in Brunswick, GA & St. Simons Island, GA

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for close to 8 million doctor visits every year. At ERgent Med, Michael Hamm, DO, and Robin Basset, NP-C, work with patients living in or around Brunswick, Georgia, to find practical solutions to their UTIs. Through comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Hamm makes sure you can return to your daily activities quickly and in top shape. Call or go online today to book an appointment at ERgent Med.

UTI Q & A

What is a UTI?

Urinary tract infections refer to an infection in your bladder and your urinary tract. In some cases, this infection can develop in your urethra, kidneys, or ureters.

Most accounts of UTIs are diagnosed in the lower part of the urinary tract: the bladder and urethra. If left unaddressed, the infection can spread to the high parts of the urinary tract, like the kidneys. If this occurs, you will be in severe pain and suffer from dangerous symptoms.

Dr. Hamm and his team are trained to offer expedient and effective treatment for UTIs to avoid the development of dangerous symptoms.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

UTIs don’t always exhibit symptoms. In some cases, it’s possible that you never show any symptoms at all. If you do exhibit symptoms, you might notice:

  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Burning while urinating
  • Cloudy or discolored urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain in women
  • Passing small amounts of urine

Contact ERgent Med today if you’ve noticed any of these symptoms.

What are the risk factors of UTIs?

UTIs can affect anyone, though studies have shown that they’re much more common in women. In fact, 40-60% of women suffer from a UTI at least once in their lives, and women who have already been diagnosed with a UTI are more likely to develop another one down the line.

Your chances of contracting a UTI increase if you:

  • Are sexually active
  • Are going through menopause
  • Are unable to empty your bladder fully
  • Are experiencing problems in your urinary tract
  • Have a history of UTIs
  • Suffer from diabetes
  • Have a weakened immune system

These factors all contribute to the development of a UTI. Dr. Hamm can help you minimize the risks of one.

How do you diagnose and treat a UTI?

To ensure proper diagnosis, Dr. Hamm first starts by performing a physical exam and reviewing your medical history. The best way of diagnosing a UTI is by ordering a urine sample. Dr. Hamm can ask for this to be done on-site.

Your treatment greatly depends on the severity of your UTIs. For simple, underdeveloped UTIs, Dr. Hamm might prescribe antibiotics to moderate the inflammation. If your UTI is severe, he might suggest intravenous antibiotics for a quick effect.

Get your UTI under control. Call or go online today to book an appointment at ERgent Med.