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Urinary Tract Infections Symptoms
Urinary Tract Infections Symptoms
December 05/2022

Urinary Tract Infections Symptoms

Do you feel a burning sensation when you pee? You may have a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection or UTI is a common infection that can affect several parts of the urinary tract. In this article, we will go over some of the risk factors as well as the symptoms of a urinary tract infection. If you live in southern Maryland and are worried about a UTI, then call Southern Maryland Medical Group to schedule an appointment with a board-certified physician. We have three primary care clinics in the southern Maryland area and we are happy to take walk-in appointments.

Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections generally occur when bacteria enter the urethra and infect the urinary tract. The infections can affect the bladder and kidney among other parts. The usual symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Bloody urine
  • Feeling urge to urinate even after urinating
  • Pressure in the groin or lower abdomen

Though rare, a urinary tract infection can affect the kidney. Symptoms of a kidney infection include fever, chills, lower back pain, and nausea or vomiting. Talk to children about their urinating as they might not be able to tell you about UTI symptoms. Early detection and treatment are crucial.

Risk Factors

Some people are at higher risk of getting a urinary tract infection. Because they have a shorter urethra which is also more exposed to the rectum, females are at higher risk of getting a urinary tract infection. Other risk factors of a urinary tract infection include:

  • Having had a previous UTI
  • Sexual activity
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • Age (Children and elderly are at higher risk)
  • Structural problems with the urinary tract
  • Poor hygiene

On the other hand, there are ways to reduce the risk of a urinary tract infection too. Stay well hydrated and practice good hygiene. We recommend showers over baths and showers AFTER baths if you insist. Minimize douching, urinate after sexual activity, and wipe from front to back.


When you decide to treat your urinary tract infection, the healthcare professional will determine if you have a UTI by asking about symptoms, performing a physical exam, or ordering urine tests if necessary. The usual treatment is antibiotics but your physician will work with you individually as antibiotics can cause side effects. Your doctor may also recommend extra medication to lessen the pain or discomfort.
As a final note, remember to drink plenty of water or other fluids. You want to flush out the bacteria from your system. The antibiotics will appreciate the extra help from you!

Call Now to Speak with Us

Are you looking for primary care doctors or a primary care clinic in southern Maryland? If you are concerned about a urinary tract infection, then call Southern Maryland Medical Group or visit one of our three medical care offices today. We are happy to schedule a convenient appointment or arrange a walk-in appointment as soon as possible.

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Southern Maryland Medical Group has 3 convenient locations to provide professional medical care services in the Southern Maryland area. Call or schedule an appointment with one of our locations to get medical care help. 

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Camp Springs, MD

5801 Allentown Road, Suite 400 Camp Spring, MD 20746

Phone: 301-868- 0150

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-868-0243

Greenbelt, MD

7500 Greenway Center, Dr #1200 Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone: 301-486-7580

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-486-7581

Riverdale, MD

6510 Kenilworth Ave, Ste 1400, Riverdale MD 20737

Phone: 301-618-0771

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-618-0772