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Diagnosing a Urinary Tract Infection

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If you’ve never had a doctor’s visit over video, you may be wondering how it works and whether it is possible to diagnose and address your health concerns.

At Doctor On Demand, we have established our own peer-reviewed, evidence-based video medicine guidelines. A visit with one of our physicians is similar to the face-to-face visit that you may be used to in a physical office. You can read more about the three components that doctors use for every visit.

We can consult and provide the care you need for many issues you may face, including urinary tract infections (UTI).

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection is an infection that affects any part of your urinary system, such as your kidneys, bladder, urethra or ureters. A majority of the infections affect the bladder and the urethra, and typically women are more susceptible to a UTI than men.

What are some of the symptoms of a UTI?

The common symptoms of a UTI could include pain or burning sensation during urination. You could also experience a frequent or intense urge to urinate, and sometimes very little comes out. More serious symptoms could include pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen, feeling tired or shaky, fevers or chills.

How does a doctor diagnose a UTI?

Many people think that in order to diagnose a UTI in a woman, a doctor needs to take a culture. However, a doctor doesn’t necessarily need a lab sample to make a diagnosis. Your physician may be able determine if you have a UTI based off your symptoms and past history. Understanding your past history helps rule out the possibility that your symptoms are caused by something else like a sexually transmitted disease or a yeast infection. In some cases, a doctor may ask that you perform an over-the-counter home UTI test. Sometimes an additional exam can be done to ensure that your UTI has not traveled to your kidneys, and your doctor will be able to give you instructions over video.

What is the treatment for a UTI?

If you have a UTI, your doctor will likely prescribe you a short course of antibiotics and possibly pain medication to help reduce the irritation. For women, antibiotics could make you more susceptible to get a yeast infection, so be sure to follow up with your physician. You can read more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of UTIs here.

Want to see a visit in action? Check out this quick video.

If you’ve never had a doctor’s visit over video, you may be wondering how it works and whether it is possible to diagnose and address your health concerns.

At Doctor On Demand, we have established our own peer-reviewed, evidence-based video medicine guidelines. A visit with one of our physicians is similar to the face-to-face visit that you may be used to in a physical office. You can read more about the three components that doctors use for every visit.


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