Treating Painful Urinary Tract Infections – UTI

How to Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Treating Painful Urinary Tract Infections – UTI

Posted by Mark Hosko, MD in Health Information 07 Aug 2013

For most people, the pain and burning of a urinary tract infection can easily be handled with some over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

At Portland Urgent Care, as well as with our MobilMED service, we know it’s not always that simple. Anyone experiencing severe pain and discomfort with a urinary tract infection should contact Portland Urgent Care immediately. Acute pain can be an indicator that the infection has spread into the kidneys. If that turns out to be the case, it represents a very serious development, since a urinary tract infection can be quite damaging to these organs.

If your doctor decides that an antibiotic is going to be most effective in treating your UTI, there’s an additional medication that may be prescribed for acute pain and discomfort while that antibiotic is taking effect.

Phenazopyridine, also known by several brand names, including Pyridium and Urogesic, works by soothing the lining of the urinary tract, thereby reducing inflammation and pain. Your doctor will likely inform you that because phenazopyridine is a dye, it can cause urine to turn an orange-red color while taking it; however, this is a harmless side effect. The drug may also dye your tears as well, as strange as that may sounds! At Portland Urgent Care, we recommend that patients taking phenazopyridine do not wear their contact lenses, since the lenses may become stained as a result.

It is important that patients take all medications as we prescribe them in order to fully cure the infection. It’s also vital that patients make sure to drink lots of fluids — especially water.

Contact Portland Urgent Care/MobilMED if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other medical topic. For two decades, we’ve been a physician-led healthcare clinic serving our community with quality and affordable health care.

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