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Urinary Tract Infection (cont.)

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When should people seek medical care for a UTI?

Any adult or child who develops any of the symptoms of a urinary tract infection needs to be evaluated by a medical professional, preferably within 24 hours. Most medical offices can test urine for infection by using a quick urine "dipstick" test.

  • Someone who has symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection should call a health-care professional for an appointment, preferably on the very day that symptoms are recognized.
  • Someone who has symptoms of an upper urinary tract infection involving the kidneys should call a health-care professional immediately. Depending on the situation, he or she will recommend either a visit to the office or to a hospital emergency department.

If someone has symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection and any of the following applies, he or she may have a urinary tract infection that can potentially be serious. Go to a hospital emergency department right away.

  • Vomiting and inability to keep down clear fluids or medication
  • Not better after taking antibiotics for two days
  • Pregnant
  • Having diabetes or another disease that affects the immune system
  • Taking medication that suppresses the immune system such as cancer chemotherapy

Infants, children, and elderly people with any of the signs and symptoms of UTI should see their health-care professional as soon as possible or go to an emergency department for evaluation.

  • Fever, lethargy, and poor appetite may indicate a urinary tract infection in these groups, but they may also be signs of something more serious.
  • Urinary tract infections have the potential to make these vulnerable people very ill when the bacteria spread into the bloodstream.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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