Urinary Tract Infection Specialist

Ebonee Lyons, DNP -  - Family Nurse Practitioner

Lyons Family Care

Ebonee Lyons, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Homewood, AL

Do you feel pain and burning sensations when you urinate? These are common signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI), a condition that affects about 3 million people each year. Lyons Family Care in Hoover, Alabama, provides fast diagnosis of UTIs with an on-site lab. Dr. Ebonee Lyons will recommend the right antibiotic to treat your infection. Put the painful symptoms of a urinary tract infection behind you. Call today or book a consultation online.

Urniary Tract Infection Q & A

What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) affects your urinary system, including your bladder and urethra. Typically caused when bacteria invade the urinary tract, UTIs can make urination painful and cause other symptoms.

Urinary tract infections are more common in women than in men. Left untreated, the infections may produce serious complications. Serious infections can affect your kidneys.

What causes a urinary tract infection?

UTIs are brought on when bacteria enter your urinary tract, multiplying in your bladder. The most common forms of UTIs affect the urethra and bladder.

  • Cystitis: A bladder infection caused by E. coli bacteria that are spread by sexual intercourse
  • Urethritis: An infection of your urethra, typically caused by the spread of bacteria from the anus into the urinary tract

Certain factors increase the likelihood of getting a UTI, such as your anatomy and using a diaphragm.

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

UTIs don’t always cause symptoms, but when they do, here are ones to look for:

  • Constant need to urinate
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Cloudy, red, bright pink, or cola-colored urine

You may feel pain in your pelvic region, particularly around the pubic bone area and in the center of the pelvis.

How is a urinary tract infection diagnosed?

Dr. Lyons will take a medical history. You’ll want to describe your symptoms, and tell Dr. Lyons whether you have a history of urinary tract infections, as that can influence the treatment that she recommends.

Testing your urine is a common way to determine whether you have a urinary tract infection. Dr. Lyons may send a sample to a lab. By identifying the strain of bacteria causing your infection, she can recommend the most effective antibiotic.

How is a urinary tract infection treated?

The first line of treatment is antibiotics. Dr. Lyons may prescribe one of these antibiotics to treat your infection:

  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)
  • Nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin, Macrobid)
  • Fosfomycin (Monurol)

You’ll want to take the entire course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms improve dramatically after just a few days. Dr. Lyons may also recommend a medication called Pyridium to relieve symptoms like pain, burning, frequent urination, and an increased need to urinate.

If you think you have a urinary tract infection, get the treatment you need today. Call or book a consultation online with Lyons Family Care.