Can You Go to Urgent Care for a UTI?

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Reviewed by: Amy Surdam

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system that can develop in the kidney, ureters, bladder, urethra, kidneys, or urethra. UTIs develop most often in the lower urinary tract, including the urethra and bladder.

While a UTI is typically uncomfortable, there can also be serious health concerns if the infection spreads. This article will take you through how long a UTI lasts, what a UTI feels like and when to go to urgent care for a UTI.

UTI Symptoms

UTIs are a common medical condition, accounting for 8 million to 10 million doctor visits every year. There may not be any noticeable signs of a UTI in some cases. However, learning how to know if you have a UTI can help you identify symptoms you might otherwise overlook. Some of the most common symptoms of a UTI include:

  • A strong and persistent desire to urinate.
  • A burning sensation while urinating.
  • Passing small amounts of urine frequently.
  • Foul-smelling urine.
  • Pelvic pain.
  • Urine that appears cloudy, pink or red.

An upper UTI involves an infection in the kidneys or ureters. Symptoms of an upper UTI may include:

  • High fever.
  • Shaking and chills,
  • Back or side pain.
  • Nausea or vomiting.

Causes of UTIs

UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and multiply within the bladder. While the urinary tract is designed to prevent bacteria from entering, this defense isn’t always effective.

Understanding the various causes and risk factors can help determine if you have a UTI. Common risk factors include:

  • Sexual activity: Sexually active people may be more prone to develop a UTI than those who aren’t sexually active. New sexual partners may increase your risk of developing a UTI.
  • Birth control: Certain types of birth control may increase the risk of a UTI. Using a diaphragm or spermicidal agents regularly may put you at a higher risk of developing a UTI.
  • Anatomy: Some people may naturally have a shorter urethra, shortening the distance UTI-causing bacteria travel to reach the bladder.
  • Menopause: Following menopause, women experience a reduction in circulating estrogen, causing changes in the urinary system that make them more vulnerable to developing a UTI.
  • Urinary tract abnormalities: Some people may be born with urinary tract abnormalities that restrict urine flow or cause a higher risk of urinary blockages. A urinary tract abnormality may increase a person’s risk of developing a UTI.
  • Urinary tract blockage: Urinary blockages like an enlarged prostate or kidney stones can trap urine in the bladder, increasing your risk of a UTI.
  • Frequent catheter use: Frequent catheter use is another common risk factor that can increase a person’s risk of a UTI. If you regularly or consistently use a catheter, you may be at a higher risk of a urinary tract infection.
  • Weakened immune system: A weakened or suppressed immune system may not be able to protect the body from UTI-causing bacteria as effectively. A suppressed immune system can occur from diabetes or other medical conditions.
  • Recent urinary tract procedure: If you undergo a urinary procedure, such as a urinary exam or surgery, you may be more likely to develop a UTI.

When to Seek Treatment for a UTI

Even if you only have mild symptoms, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated, your infection may worsen and lead to more severe symptoms or complications. An untreated UTI can lead to urethral narrowing, kidney damage, sepsis and recurring infections.

Seek medical assistance immediately if you’re experiencing a high fever, shaking and chills, back or side pain, nausea or vomiting.

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How to Treat a UTI

In most cases, a physician treats a UTI with a short course of antibiotics. Physicians generally recommend a three to five-day course of antibiotics for uncomplicated and mild to moderate UTIs. Severe infections may require IV therapy and IV antibiotics.

Pregnant women, men or those with severe UTI symptoms may need a longer course of antibiotics. After starting treatment, your UTI symptoms should begin to improve within three to five days. However, it’s critical to continue the antibiotics for the duration your physician prescribed the medicine, even after your UTI symptoms are gone.

Often, your urine will be sent to the lab for a culture and sensitivity so that the exact organism causing the infection can be identified and the provider can ensure the correct antibiotic was prescribed. On occasion, there may be a need to switch your medication based on these results.

While antibiotics are the primary treatment recommendation, a physician may also suggest over-the-counter pain medicine to minimize discomfort or pain. It’s also important to drink lots of fluids to keep yourself hydrated and feeling your best. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve on antibiotics, you should notify your physician.

How to Prevent Future UTIs

Prevention is the best medicine and it’s much more pleasant to avoid a UTI than to treat one. You can reduce your risk with the following methods:

  • Drink more water: Increasing your water intake will help clear your urinary tract and flush out bacteria before an infection sets in.
  • Avoid scented personal hygiene products: Using scented products in or around your genitals can trigger an allergic reaction that leads to bacterial growth.
  • Use the bathroom quickly after intercourse: Immediately emptying your bladder will expel any bacteria that may have moved around the genital area. Drinking a full glass of water immediately after intercourse will also help flush out your system.

Find a Nova Health Clinic Near You to Get Treatment for a UTI

Nova Health and our team of experienced, caring Providers are dedicated to helping our patients find relief from stress and pain. We help our patients find the answers that lead to healing and creating long-term wellness and health.

At Nova Health, we take a compassionate, unique approach to care for all patients. Find a Nova Health Clinic near you to learn more about UTI treatments.

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Community Care Partners Names Dr. Dan Surdam Chief Medical Officer

Community Care Partners, a multi-state urgent care and primary care provider, has named Dr. Dan Surdam as Chief Medical Officer.  Dr. Surdam has been practicing emergency and urgent care medicine across Wyoming, Colorado and Texas for 20 years.   Dr. Surdam and his wife Amy (FNP-C), founded and managed Stitches Acute Care (three clinics in Wyoming and Colorado) and merged with Community Care Partners in 2020.

“When you build a company, it truly is a labor of love.  Top of mind when we started looking at being acquired and merging with a larger organization was that it would be a like-minded organization with a similar purpose and values. We had a very similar culture as Community Care Partners so we really didn’t skip a beat during the transition. Continuing our journey of helping a larger organization provide the same great care to our communities has been our driving force.”

As Community Care Partners has grown through new clinics and acquisitions, the need for a full time Chief Medical Officer became clear to CEO Jim Ashby.  “It was time for us to find a full time CMO and as we began our search, the choice was an obvious one.  Dr. Surdam has the experience and leadership needed and was already part of the CCP leadership team.  We are thrilled that he has accepted the role.” Ashby stated.

“I’m very excited to take on this role.  There is already such a strong foundation of quality medical care across our clinics.  My role as CMO will be to build on to that foundation, and to ensure that we are firing on all cylinders from a clinical perspective while constantly looking forward, innovating and adapting to the ever-changing health care arena.  That means we are providing the best patient care and experience and that we are providing the best place to work for our providers and our staff.” said Dr. Surdam.

 

About Community Care Partners 

Community Care Partners, LLC operates Nova Health, SouthStar Urgent Care, Best Med and Coastal Urgent Care clinics serving patients in over 70 clinics throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana and Texas.

 

Community Care Partners Acquires Texas BestMed Urgent Care

Eugene, OR – February 8, 2022 – Community Care Partners, a leading provider of Urgent Care services, has acquired three Texas BestMed Urgent Care clinics. The clinics are in the communities of Vidor, Port Arthur and Lumberton. These clinics provide walk-in medical services for general illnesses, infections, sprains and fractures, and COVID testing. All three clinics are open seven days a week to serve a quick diagnosis and appropriate treatment.”

“Texas BestMed Urgent Care has provided convenient and affordable walk-in health care to Southeast Texas since 2016. “I was very impressed with the high level of care patients receive at Southstar Urgent Care and other CCP urgent care brands,” said BestMed’s Owner and Medical Director, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson. Thompson continued, “We share the same mission to provide our communities with the best urgent care experience possible. I want to assure our patients they will continue to receive the same level of high-quality care they are accustomed to.”

The BestMed partnership marks the first clinics of Community Care Partners in Texas. Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby commented, “Teaming up with BestMed was an easy decision due to our similar cultures. Community Care Partners is committed to delivering care that is personal to all our patients in every state we operate. We look forward to continuing to provide that same level of care to Texas.”

About Community Care Partners   Community Care Partners, LLC operates Nova Health, SouthStar Urgent Care, Best Med and Coastal Urgent Care clinics serving patients in over 70 clinics throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana and Texas.

Contact: Jazmin Chretien Communications Specialist Community Care Partners  jazmin.chretien@gosouthstar.com

Nova Health Opens New Urgent Care in Helena, MT

Eugene, OR – February 8, 2022 – Nova Health, a provider of high-quality, convenient primary and urgent care services in the Western United States, opened a new urgent care clinic in Helena, Montana. This clinic provides urgent care services for same-day and walk-in patients. The address of the clinic is 2231 N. Montana Avenue. The location provides easy access to those in need of care.  

According to Community Care Partners Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby, the opening of another clinic is another step in the right direction for Nova Health, “Our team is looking forward to serving more patients in another community. We are dedicated to making sure our patients walk out of our clinics feeling a little better than they came in.” 

Nova Health has clinics in Bozeman, Belgrade, Butte and Great Falls. “We are happy to join our four other clinics in Montana and look forward to serving more people throughout the state,” said Ashby. Our mission at Nova Health is to keep people out of the hospital by giving our patients the best care possible. We will continue to have that same level of care at our new clinic in Helena.  

About Nova Health  
Nova Health provides high-quality, convenient, primary and urgent care services. Established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees, it has grown to 30 clinics in the Western United States.   

About Community Care Partners 
Community Care Partners, LLC operates Nova Health, SouthStar Best Med and Coastal Urgent Care clinics serving patients in over 70 clinics throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas and Louisiana.  

Contact: 
Jazmin Chretien 
Communications Specialist 
Community Care Partners jazmin.chretien@gosouthstar.com 

Nova Health Opens New Urgent Care Clinic in Woodburn, Oregon

Eugene, OR – January 11, 2022 – Nova Health, a provider of high-quality, convenient primary and urgent care services throughout the Western United States, opened a new health care clinic in Woodburn, Oregon. The clinic will offer urgent care services and will be located at 2902 Tom Tennant Drive in Woodburn.

Community Care Partners Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby says the addition of the Woodburn location expands health care access in Western Oregon. “We remain committed to serving more people,” said Ashby. “Woodburn is ideally located in the service area, helping us strengthen our presence and ensure our patients are never far from a Nova Health location when they need immediate, trusted health care.”

Nova Health’s Woodburn, Oregon clinic represents its nineteenth clinic location in Oregon. The Woodburn clinic will offer same-day appointments, walk-ins, and telemedicine services. It will be open seven days a week.

About Nova Health
Nova Health provides high-quality, convenient, primary and urgent care services. Established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees, it has grown to 30 clinics in the Western United States.

About Community Care Partners
Community Care Partners, LLC operates Nova Health and SouthStar Urgent Care clinics serving patients in 60 clinics throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana

Contact: 
Jazmin Chretien
Communications Specialist
Community Care Partners 
jazmin.chretien@gosouthstar.com

Nova Health Opens New Urgent Care Clinic in Yakima, Washington

Eugene, OR – December 7, 2021 – Nova Health, a provider of high-quality, convenient primary and urgent care services in the Western United States, opened a new urgent care clinic in Yakima, Washington. This clinic provides a wide range of services to treat non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses for same-day and walk-in patients.   

According to Community Care Partners Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby, the opening of the new clinic exemplifies Nova Health’s goal to provide high quality care throughout Washington and the Western United States.    

“Nova Health started with one clinic and nine employees 13 years ago in Eugene, Oregon, “said Ashby.  “Today, Nova Health, along with SouthStar Urgent Care, are a part of Community Care Partners, a leading provider of urgent and primary care in over 60 clinics across six states.  We aim to give our patients care that is personal.”  

 “We are excited to join our two other clinics in Washington and look forward to expanding throughout the state,” said Ashby.  

 About Nova Health  

Nova Health provides high-quality, convenient, primary and urgent care services. Established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees, it has grown to 30 clinics in the Western United States.   

About Community Care Partners 

Community Care Partners, LLC operates Nova Health and SouthStar Urgent Care clinics serving patients in 60 clinics throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana.  

Contact: 
Craig Simmons 
Vice President of Sales and Marketing 
Community Care Partners 
91302 Coburg Industrial Way, Suite 122 
Coburg, OR 97408 
craig.simmons@novahealth.com 

Nova Health Partners with Your Care in Redmond, OR

Expands Service Capabilities to Central Oregon

Eugene, OR – November 20, 2021 – Nova Health, a provider of high-quality, convenient primary and urgent care services in the Western United States, has partnered with Your Care, an urgent care clinic in Redmond, Oregon. Your Care provides a wide range of services to treat non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses for same-day and walk-in patients.  

 According to Community Care Partners Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby, the acquisition of Your Care exemplifies Nova Health’s goal to provide high quality care throughout Oregon and the Western United States.   

“Nova Health began in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees in Eugene, OR,” said Ashby. “Today Nova Health, along with SouthStar Urgent Care, is part of Community Care Partners, a leading provider of urgent and primary care in 60 clinics across Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana.  We remain committed to serving patients throughout Oregon as evidenced by our Your Care partnership.”   

Debora Wattenburg, co-founder of Your Care and now part of the operations team at Nova Health, says the partnership with Nova Health was the logical next step for Your Care. 

“We are thrilled to now be part of the Nova Health team.  I can say with confidence that joining Nova Health and the Community Care Partners family has set up the Your Care team members and the community of Redmond for long term success.”  

“Nova Health and Your Care share the same vision for compassionate patient care across both urgent care and occupational medicine,” added co-founder Dr. Eric Wattenburg. “I want our patients to know they should continue to expect the same care from the same providers they’ve come to know at Your Care. As part of Nova Health, we will continue to serve our patients, and they will benefit from our transition to Nova Health.” 

About Nova Health  
Nova Health provides high-quality, convenient, primary and urgent care services. Established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees, it has grown to 30 clinics in the Western United States.   

About Community Care Partners 
Community Care Partners, LLC operates Nova Health and SouthStar Urgent Care clinics serving patients in 60 clinics throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana.  

 Contact: 
Craig Simmons 
Vice President of Sales and Marketing 
Community Care Partners 
91302 Coburg Industrial Way, Suite 122 
Coburg, OR 97408 
craig.simmons@novahealth.com 

Nova Health to Open New Urgent Care Clinic in Great Falls, Montana

Eugene, OR – September 8, 2021 – Nova Health, a provider of high-quality, convenient primary and urgent care services in the Western United States, will open a new urgent care clinic in Great Falls, Montana, on September 13, 2021. The clinic, which offers same-day, walk-in, and telemedicine services, is located at 609 10th Ave S.

“Our focus remains on rapidly expanding access to convenient, trusted healthcare in the Western United States,” said Nova Health Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby. “We are committed to our Montana patients and their communities. The opening of our Great Falls clinic represents a critical step in our expansion roadmap.”

Nova Health’s Great Falls clinic represents its fourth in Montana and adds to its available locations in Belgrade, Butte, and Bozeman.

“Nova Health is known for choosing the absolute highest quality healthcare providers,” added Ashby. “Our latest clinic location also means an expansion in the reach and impact of our care team, especially in our continued efforts to mitigate COVID-19-related hospitalizations.”

About Nova Health

Nova Health provides high-quality, convenient, primary and urgent care services. Established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees, it has grown to 56 clinics nationally, including its sister healthcare provider, SouthStar Urgent Care.

Nova Health to Open New Urgent Care Clinic in McMinnville, Oregon

Eugene, OR – September 1, 2021 – Nova Health, a provider of high-quality, convenient primary and urgent care services in the Western United States, is slated to open a new urgent care clinic in McMinnville, Oregon, on September 9th, 2021. The clinic is located at 1755 SW Baker Street and accepts walk-in and same-day urgent care appointments.

“The opening of our McMinnville clinic represents just one more step in serving Oregon communities,” said Nova Health Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby. “We are committed to keeping people out of the hospital through obsessing about delivering extraordinary care that is personal.”  Services at McMinnville will include walk-in, same-day, and telemedicine visits.

Ashby adds that Nova Health continues to support the patients in its communities through the COVID-19 pandemic recovery phase.  “I have the greatest faith in our compassionate care team, and I know their new patients soon will, too,” he said. “We look forward to building those strategic patient-provider relationships and continuing our growth plans.”

Nova Health’s McMinnville clinic is its nineteenth clinic in Oregon.

About Nova Health

Nova Health provides high-quality, convenient, primary and urgent care services. Established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees, it has grown to 56 clinics nationally, including its sister healthcare provider, SouthStar Urgent Care.

What Causes Vertigo and How Can You Tell if You Have it?

For film noir fans, the word vertigo conjures images from the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. The movie stars James Stewart as a private investigator who attempts to follow Kim Novak, despite suffering from trauma-induced acrophobia (a fear of heights) and vertigo (a false sense of rotational movement). To emphasize the condition for which Stewart’s character suffers, Hitchcock used clever camera movements and music that create a visual sense of a spiraling free-fall for the viewer.

For the approximately 40 percent of Americans who will experience vertigo in their lives, Hitchcock’s depiction of the condition is all too real, acting as a reminder of the discomfort of this temporary condition. What causes vertigo, and how can you tell if you have it? Our health experts separate the facts from fiction.

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off-balance, often more casually referred to as dizzy spells. Those who experience vertigo often report feeling like they are spinning or that the world around them is spinning while they remain still.

What Causes Vertigo?

Perhaps surprisingly, vertigo is often the result of an inner ear problem.  The inner ear sends signals to the brain about head and body movements relative to gravity which help you to keep your balance. When something disrupts the inner ear’s normal processing, it can result in vertigo.

Frequent causes of vertigo may include:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This condition occurs when canaliths (tiny calcium particles) are dislodged from their normal location and collect in the inner ear. It can occur for no reason and is sometimes more common with age.
  • Meniere’s disease. An inner ear disorder that is believed to be caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the ear that can cause episodes of vertigo, hearing loss, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
  • Vestibular neuritis (labyrinthitis). An inner ear problem that is usually related to a viral infection. The infection causes inner ear inflammation around nerves that support the body’s sense of balance.

Vertigo may also result from:

  • Migraines
  • A head or neck injury
  • A stroke, tumor, or other brain problems
  • Medications that can cause ear damage

Vertigo Symptoms

Often triggered by a change in head position, symptoms can last a few minutes, a few hours, or come and go intermittently. Symptoms of vertigo often include sensations of:

  • Spinning
  • Tilting
  • Swaying
  • Unbalance
  • Being pulled in one direction
  • Nausea
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vomiting
  • Nystagmus (abnormal, jerking eye movements)
  • Sweating
  • Headache

What to Do if You Think That You are Experiencing Vertigo?

If you believe you are experiencing vertigo, talk to your doctor. They can determine the underlying condition causing your vertigo sensations and help you reestablish your equilibrium. Depending on the underlying cause of your vertigo, your doctor may prescribe medication, such as dimenhydrinate and meclizine.