Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract, kidney, ureter, bladder, and/or urethra.
You may have an infection if you have some or all of these symptoms:
- pain or burning when you urinate, especially as you finish
- cloudy, pink, or red urine
- feeling as if you have to urinate often, but not much urine comes out when you do
- pressure in your lower belly
- pain on one side of your back under your ribs, where your kidneys are
- fever, chills, nausea, vomiting
Schedule an appointment:
- Online via My BuckMD
- By Phone with Advice/Appointments (614) 292-4321
- In Person with Advice Appointments
20 minutes prior to your appointment:
Go to the Student Life Student Health Services Laboratory to leave a sample of your urine. This will be tested for bacteria. If you do not leave a sample of your urine prior to your appointment, your exam will be delayed.
Antibiotics will usually cure a bladder infection. Avoid sexual contact until the antibiotics are finished and your symptoms have disappeared.
- Drink lots of water. Try for 6 to 8 glasses a day.
- Having sex can make it easier for germs to get into a woman’s urethra and from there into the bladder. If you are a sexually active woman, urinate shortly after having sex to wash out any bacteria that came near the urethra.
- Urinate regularly. Don’t hold your urine for long periods of time
- Avoid spermicides and scented feminine hygiene products.