UTI Specialist

Rita Koshinski, DO

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Physician located in Monterey, CA

If you’re having a difficult time urinating due to pain or burning, or your urine is cloudy or smells funny, you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Dr. Rita Koshinski at Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, provides nonurgent care for acute illnesses and can diagnose and treat your UTI. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online if you suspect you might have a UTI.

UTI

What is a UTI?

A UTI is a very common infection that affects your urinary tract. The infection may occur in your:

  • Bladder
  • Kidney
  • Ureter
  • Urethra

While men can get UTIs as well, they’re more common in women due to their anatomy. UTIs cause varying degrees of discomfort, but are easily treated with antibiotics when caught early.  

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

You may not know you have a UTI unless you’re experiencing symptoms, some of the most common of which include:

  • Burning or pain while urinating
  • Strong urge to urinate
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Cloudy or smelly urine
  • Red- or pink-tinged urine
  • Pelvic pain

While UTIs are common, if left untreated they can lead to kidney damage or make you more prone to getting future UTIs. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, call Rita S. Koshinski Do Primary Care or book an appointment online with Dr. Koshinski right away for a urine test.

How are UTIs treated?

If your urine test indicates you have an infection, Dr. Koshinski prescribes antibiotics to clear up your UTI and relieve your symptoms.

The length of antibiotic treatment differs from patient to patient and may depend on the type of bacteria causing the infection, the complexity of your infection, and whether you’re prone to UTIs. No matter the length of treatment, to prevent a recurrence, be sure to complete the antibiotics as prescribed, even after you start to feel better.

If UTIs are a chronic problem for you, Dr. Koshinski may take a more aggressive and long-term approach to help reduce your chances of continued infection by prescribing a low-dose antibiotic you take over a six-month period.

How can I prevent UTIs?

Whether you’ve had only one UTI or several, you may be able to prevent another infection by making a few changes to your daily activities. First and foremost, to help keep things moving through your urinary tract, Dr. Koshinski recommends drinking plenty of fluids every day. When going to the bathroom, wipe from front to back to reduce the chances of bacteria getting into your urinary tract through your urethra.

For women prone to UTIs, be sure to urinate after sexual intercourse. And while the research is mixed, you may want to add cranberry juice to your diet to help prevent a urinary tract infection.

For UTI diagnosis and treatment, call Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.