UTI Specialist

International Medical Clinics (IMC)

Family Medicine & OBGYNs located in Atlanta, GA

In a given year, as many as 150 million people worldwide suffer from a urinary tract infection (UTI). Since a UTI can lead to unbearable pelvic pain and agonizing burning sensations, the team at International Medical Clinics (IMC) in Atlanta run comprehensive lab testing and provide effective treatments. You can book your UTI evaluation online, or you can call the office directly to schedule a visit.

UTI Q & A

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can lead to a wide variety of signs and symptoms, depending on the severity of your infection. When you have a UTI, you may experience:

  • Foul or strong-smelling urine
  • Burning while urinating 
  • Lower pelvic pain 
  • Cloudy urine 

It’s also common for a UTI to cause you to need to go to the bathroom more frequently, but each time you do, you only pass small amounts of urine. In severe cases, you may notice that your urine is red or pinkish, which indicate you could have blood in your urine. 

Why did I get a UTI?

UTIs affect women more commonly than men, although men can certainly suffer from them, too. The reason women are more prone to UTIs is because of their anatomy: The anus is closer to the urethra than it is in men. 

Escherichia coli (E. coli) can easily enter your urethra when you wipe after going to the bathroom or because of sexual activity. Your risk of developing a UTI further increases due to:

  • Having a suppressed immune system, possibly from diabetes
  • Using certain forms of birth control, such as diaphragms
  • Going through menopause
  • Using catheters regularly 

Without proper treatment, a UTI can lead to permanent kidney damage. Plus in men, repeated UTIs can lead to a narrowing of your urethra, while in women, ongoing UTIs can increase your risk of delivering a premature or low-birth-weight baby. 

How is a UTI treated?

The expert physicians at IMC understand how debilitating a UTI can be, especially if you seem to get them regularly. 

They run comprehensive laboratory testing to determine the cause of your infection, so they can administer the proper treatment. Your UTI treatment can include:

  • Antibiotic medications
  • Increase in water consumption
  • Vaginal estrogen (if you’re postmenopausal)
  • Ongoing low-dose antibiotics for chronic UTI infections

Your physician at IMC also counsels you about which foods and drinks can aggravate your bladder, so you know what to avoid. For instance, caffeinated drinks, citrus fruits and beverages, and alcoholic drinks are all things you need to skip when you have a UTI. 

If you have pain or burning while urinating, schedule a UTI evaluation at IMC right away. Book your UTI exam either online or over the phone.