Dr. Kinney Clinical Director (Kailua)By Bruce Kinney, MD
Medical Director – Urgent Care Hawaii, Kailua

One of the most common concerns that brings patients to Urgent Care Hawaii is the possibility of a urinary tract (or bladder) infection, (or recurrent) also called a UTI.  These infections are very common, but the same symptoms that are caused by a UTI can also be caused by other common ailments. So it is very important to get checked.

According to the NIH, UTIs account for around 8.3 million visits to doctors each year.

The three most common symptoms of a UTI are burning sensation during urination, urinating more often than normal and increased sense of urgency to urinate.  Other symptoms that are present less often are lower abdominal pain (just above the pubic bone) and the presence of visible blood in the urine.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms please come in right away to see one of our medical providers.  If you have a UTI it will be important to start taking prescribed antibiotics which will provide relief. (The full course of treatment should always be completed to make sure infection is fully clear.)

Other common conditions can cause some of the above symptoms as well:  yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, atrophic vaginitis, kidney stones, appendicitis, genital herpes….the list goes on and on!

If a UTI is not treated correctly and quickly it can progress into a kidney infection, which is more serious and sometimes requires hospitalization.

Tips for prevention:

  • Drink lots of water and urinate frequently.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Keep genital area clean.
  • Drink cranberry juice or take cranberry extract. (Studies show cranberry compounds can help prevent E. coli from sticking to the walls of the digestive and urinary tract.)

If you have some or all of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to come in right away for urine testing and examination at Urgent Care Hawaii.


About Urgent Care Hawaii: Urgent Care Hawaii medical clinics provide immediate and urgent medical care on Oahu for Pearl City, Honolulu, Waikiki, Waipahu, Aiea, Kapolei, Kunia, Waipio, Makakilo, Halawa, Mililani, Kailua and Ewa Beach. The clinics provide quick and affordable options for people needing immediate medical care and treatment for common or everyday health problems seven days a week – no appointments are necessary. The Pearl City location is certified by The Urgent Care Association of America.

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