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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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

Symptoms:

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.

Treatment:

Antibiotics will usually cure a bladder infection. Avoid sexual contact until the antibiotics are finished and your symptoms have disappeared.

Prevention:

  • 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.