With the advancement in technology in health care and the need to stay home more frequently, the rise in virtual health care has been tremendous. You may not think you can have all of your health issues diagnosed virtually, but some of them can be. If you are suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI), you probably think you need to go to the office in person to have your condition treated. Thankfully, you can receive care through a virtual visit. Here are some things you need to know:
When Is a Virtual Care Visit for a UTI Ideal?
A virtual visit is best for those who have a non-life-threatening health condition. This includes urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections are common and occur when bacteria get into the urinary tract. As the bacteria grows, it can cause an infection and cause many painful symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?
Some common symptoms of a UTI include the urge to urinate all the time, even with an empty bladder. You may also have darker or strongly scented urine. When you urinate, you may notice a painful burning sensation. Blood in the urine, pelvic pain in women, or rectal pain in men are also common symptoms.
When Should You Get Treatment for a UTI?
If you have any of the listed symptoms, you need to get medical care right away. Untreated UTIs can cause the bacteria to spread into other parts of the body, particularly the kidneys and can cause even more painful symptoms.
What Is the Treatment for UTIs?
In most cases of UTIs, you will need a round of antibiotics to cure an infection. If the source of your UTI is fungal in nature, you will need antiviral medication, though this source of UTI is not as common. After you receive your medication, you should begin feeling better within a few days.
What Can You Expect at Your Virtual Appointment?
You need to make an appointment for a virtual appointment for your UTI. At your appointment, you will talk to the doctor or another medical professional about your symptoms. They may ask you some questions about what you are experiencing. You also will have the opportunity to ask any questions. Once the clinician determines you do indeed have a UTI, they will prescribe the necessary medication and call it in to your pharmacy. You may need some in-person follow-up care depending on the severity of your infection. If the infection does not clear up, you will need to go to the office for additional treatment and possibly submit a urine sample.
Contact your doctor to learn more about virtual UTI treatment.