Urinary Tract Infection

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What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection affecting the urinary system, commonly the bladder or urethra. It develops when bacteria enter the urethra and multiply in the urinary tract. 

Globally, over 400 million people experience UTIs each year. Females are particularly susceptible, with one in two women experiencing a UTI in their lifetime. Symptoms include frequent urges to urinate, pain during urination, hematuria, and lower abdominal discomfort. Timely diagnosis and treatment of  UTIs is essential to prevent complications.

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Treatments for UTIs

UTIs are typically treated with a course of treatment tailored to the specific type of bacteria causing the infection. It’s essential to complete the entire prescribed course, even if symptoms improve, to ensure the infection is fully eradicated. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding irritants like caffeine and alcohol, and using pain relievers can also help to alleviate symptoms.

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Get quick relief from UTIs with our streamlined online process. Simply fill out our express consultation request detailing your symptoms. Our licensed healthcare professionals will review your information, provide a personalised treatment plan, and issue a digital script within minutes. With Medmate, you can skip the hassle of traditional clinics and get fast, discreet UTI treatment from the comfort of your home.

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Connect with certified Australian doctors through a convenient phone call to diagnose and manage your condition without leaving home. Medmate supplies treatments for UTIs across Australia. Experience the convenience of online healthcare from the comfort of your home with our accessible telehealth services.

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Is it confidential to consult an online doctor about my problem?

Yes. Online doctor consultations adhere to stringent privacy guidelines and ensure confidentiality. Medmate online doctors are registered medical practitioners in Australia, and your personal information and medical records are safeguarded under Australian privacy regulations.

During a virtual consultation, you’ll share your symptoms, concerns, and medical history with the doctor. They may ask further questions to better comprehend your situation and arrive at a diagnosis. Depending on their evaluation, the doctor will suggest suitable treatment options.

  • Telehealth consultation with a Medmate Doctor
  • Guidance on self-care
  • Electronic Prescriptions for medications (if clinically indicated)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there different types of UTIs?

There are three types of UTIs, classified based on the specific region of the urinary system affected. Urethritis affects the urethra, cystitis affects the bladder, and pyelonephritis involves the kidneys.

What causes a UTI?

A UTI is caused by bacteria entering the urethra and multiplying in the urinary tract. Factors such as sexual activity, weakened immunity, and dehydration increase susceptibility.

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

The most prevalent UTI symptoms include:

  • Increased urinary frequency: urinating more often than usual
  • Pain during urination: experiencing discomfort or a burning sensation when passing urine
  • Discomfort in the lower abdomen
  • Lower back pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Unusual urine odor, cloudiness, or presence of blood
  • In children, symptoms may be less specific:
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Lethargy

UTI symptoms can often resemble those of other serious conditions, such as appendicitis or gallbladder infections. It is crucial to consult a medical professional to discuss your symptoms and obtain a proper diagnosis.

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Can men get UTIs?

Yes, men can get UTIs, although they are less common. Factors such as an enlarged prostate or anal intercourse can increase the risk in men.

How to treat UTIs

Treatment for UTIs typically involves a course of antibiotics. Drinking plenty of water, managing symptoms with pain relievers, and maintaining good hygiene can aid in a fast recovery.

How long does a UTI last?

The duration of a UTI varies. With appropriate treatment, symptoms often improve within a few days. However, it’s crucial to complete the prescribed course of treatment to prevent recurrence or complications.

Are UTIs contagious?

UTIs are not contagious, however the bacteria that causes them can be spread during sexual activity.

How do you get instant relief from a UTI?

Drinking plenty of water and taking over-the-counter pain relievers may provide fast relief from a UTI. However, consulting a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment is essential.

Can you have sex with a UTI?

Sexual activity can exacerbate UTI symptoms and is thus not advisable while experiencing a UTI.

How to relieve UTI symptoms at night?

To ease UTI symptoms at night, stay hydrated, take over-the-counter pain relievers, and seek medical advice for proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

Can I get a doctor's note for a UTI?

Yes, a healthcare professional can provide a doctor’s note for a UTI. Simply fill out an online questionnaire with Medmate, and once approved, our doctors will issue a medical certificate.