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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common yet often intensely uncomfortable ailment affecting many individuals in Cicero and Roseland, Chicago, Illinois. At Cermak Immediate Care, we provide prompt and effective treatment for UTIs to alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications.

Understanding Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria enter and infect parts of the urinary system, which includes the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. While UTIs primarily affect the bladder and urethra, if left untreated, the infection can spread and cause more serious health issues.

Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

Recognizing the symptoms of a UTI early can lead to quicker treatment and relief. Common symptoms include:

  • A persistent, urgent need to urinate
  • A painful or burning sensation during urination
  • Frequent urination, often with only small amounts of urine passed
  • Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain (in women)

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to seek medical attention to receive a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infections

UTIs are typically caused by bacteria from the large intestine entering the urethra. Factors that can increase the risk of UTIs include:

  • Sexual activity, which can introduce bacteria into the urinary tract
  • Female anatomy, which provides a shorter distance for bacteria to travel from the anus to the urethra
  • Infrequent urination, which allows bacteria to multiply within the urinary tract
  • The use of certain types of birth control, such as diaphragms and spermicides

Proper hygiene practices, such as wiping from front to back and urinating after sexual activity, can help prevent the spread of bacteria and reduce the risk of developing a UTI.

Treatment Options for UTIs

At Cermak Immediate Care, treatment for UTIs generally involves antibiotics to eliminate the infection. The type of antibiotic prescribed will depend on your specific situation and the severity of the infection. Common antibiotics used to treat UTIs include:

  • Fosfomycin
  • Ceftriaxone
  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole
  • Cephalexin
  • Nitrofurantoin

It is important to complete the full course of antibiotics prescribed, even if symptoms improve, to ensure that the infection is fully eradicated.

Preventing Future UTIs

In addition to treating existing infections, we at Cermak Immediate Care focus on patient education to prevent future UTIs. This includes lifestyle and hygiene tips such as:

  • Staying well-hydrated to help flush bacteria from the urinary system
  • Avoiding products that can irritate the genital area
  • Making lifestyle adjustments that support urinary health

We provide educational resources and personalized advice during your visit to help you understand how to protect yourself from future urinary tract infections.

Effective Treatment from a Chicago UTI Specialist

If you suspect you have a UTI or are experiencing symptoms, do not hesitate to seek treatment. Timely medical intervention can prevent the infection from worsening and provide significant relief. Visit Cermak Immediate Care for expert care and comprehensive treatment of urinary tract infections.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, Hoffman Estates, and Rolling Meadows are easily accessible. We cater to the needs of our community by offering flexible visiting hours, including walk-in options and the ability to schedule appointments online or by phone. This ensures that you can receive care when it suits you best.

Cicero

Cermak Immediate Care

5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804

Chicago

Cermak Immediate Care

2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608

Roseland

Cermak Immediate Care

134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

Rapid Immediate Care

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169

Rolling Meadows

NewMed Immediate Care

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008