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Uncomplicated urinary tract infections

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What is a UTI? (Urinary tract infection)

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.

UTIs are commonly caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract, leading to symptoms such as frequent and painful urination, a strong urge to urinate, cloudy or bloody urine, and discomfort in the lower abdomen or back.

UTIs are usually treated with antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare provider.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

Symptoms of a UTI typically include:

  • A strong and persistent urge to urinate.
  • Burning sensation or pain during urination.
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine.
  • Cloudy or bloody urine.
  • Strong-smelling urine.
  • Pelvic pain, especially in women.
  • Rectal pain, especially in men.
  • Fatigue or weakness.
  • Fever or chills (in more severe cases).

It's important to note that symptoms may differ depending on the part of the urinary tract affected and the individual's age and health status.

When to seek help?

  • You experience symptoms such as persistent and painful urination, frequent urination, or blood in the urine.
  • Your symptoms worsen or do not improve within a day or two, even with home remedies.
  • You develop fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, or back pain, which may indicate a more severe infection or kidney involvement.
  • You are pregnant or have diabetes, as UTIs may require different treatment approaches in these cases.
  • You have a history of recurrent UTIs or urinary tract abnormalities.

How can a Lincolnshire Co-op Pharmacy help?

Our pharmacists can assist women aged from 16 to 64 years with symptoms of a lower UTI.

They will inquire about your medical history and symptoms to rule out more serious conditions requiring urgent referral to your GP or other healthcare providers.

For mild symptoms, our team may recommend over-the-counter pain relief and products.

If your UTI symptoms are moderate to severe and require antibiotic treatment, our team can provide this.

Do I need to bring anything to the pharmacy?

It would be beneficial if you could bring a small urine sample in a clean, clear bottle. However, if you're unable to do so, it won't affect our team's ability to assist you.

What if I am under 16, over 64, or male?

If you fall outside the specified age range or gender, we are unable to provide this service. However, our team members can offer self-care advice or refer you to your GP as needed

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