Bladder Infection: Let Coastal Urgent Care of Ruston Help You Get Past the Discomfort
A bladder infection, sometimes referred to as a urinary tract infection (UTI), is an infection in any part of your urinary system. This includes not just the bladder but the kidneys, ureters and urethra. Most often, however, this type of infection involves the lower urinary tract: the bladder and urethra.
What causes bladder infections?
Bladder infections are caused by germs or bacteria that enter the urinary tract through the urethra and travel into the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep out such microscopic invaders, these defenses sometimes fail. Once bacteria reaches the bladder, it can rapidly spread and travel to the kidneys.
Symptoms can vary depending upon which part of the urinary tract is infected.
- A painful, burning or stinging sensation while urinating
- Urges to urinate often, but little to no urine comes out
- The belly feels tender
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Foul-smelling urine
- A pain on one side of your back (where the kidneys are located)
If you are experiencing symptoms, come in to see your Coastal Urgent Care provider any day of the week from 8:00am and 7:00pm Monday through Friday or 9:00am and 6:00pm Saturday or Sunday. Not sure if it’s urgent? Call us at 318-242-1440.
We’ll diagnose and treat your urinary infection. Just come on in.
Whether it’s a suspected bladder infection or any other form of urinary infection, we use a simple test that analyzes urine. Along with evaluation of your signs and symptoms, this test helps us diagnose or rule out a UTI or bladder infection.
If it turns out you do have a urinary infection, your Coastal Urgent Care provider will develop and begin a prompt treatment plan. Antibiotics are the most likely form of treatment, as they remain the most common and effective treatment for urinary tract infections.