Office of Student Life

Student Health Services

UTI

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract, kidney, ureter, bladder, and/or urethra.

Symptoms

  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Cloudy, pink, or red urine
  • Feeling of frequent urination
  • Pressure in lower belly
  • Pain on one side of lower back 
  • Fever, chills, nausea, vomiting

 Prevention

  • Drink 6 to 8 cups of water a day
  • Urinate shortly after intercourse
  • Urinate regularly
  • Avoid spermicides and scented feminine hygiene products

Treatment

  • Visit Student Life Student Health Services Laboratory 20 minutes prior to an appointment for a urine sample 
  • Antibiotics will usually cure a bladder infection
  • Avoid sexual contact until the antibiotics are finished and symptoms have disappeared