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Urine Infection Treatment – Day Lewis Pharmacy

What is a urine infection?

Urinary tract infection (UTI) more commonly known as urine infection occurs in any part of the urinary system which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. They are commonly caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract and multiplying in the urine. UTIs are more prevalent in women rather than men, often due to the shorter length of the female urethra, which makes it easier for the bacteria to reach the bladder.

What are the symptoms of a urine infection?

The symptoms of a UTI can include:

  • A frequent and strong urge to urinate
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • Pain in the pelvic area or back
  • Blood in the urine

How can you treat urine infections?

The most common treatment for urine infections is a course of antibiotics. It is crucial to finish the course as prescribed to maximise recovery. Additionally, you can also take over the counter pain relief to help ease any pelvic or back pain.

From January 2024, women aged 16 to 64 years old, can now visit their local Day Lewis Pharmacist for prescription treatments for urine infections. The pharmacist will ask you specific questions in a private consultation room about your symptoms and if your symptoms are straight forward, you will be prescribed prescription medication without going to the GP.  This will allow patients to have more accessible care without having to struggle getting seen by a GP.

How to prevent getting urine infections?

The NHS recommends several preventative measures to reduce the risk of developing UTIs, including:

  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day
  • Practicing good bathroom hygiene, including wiping from front to back after using the toilet
  • Urinating before and after sexual activity to help flush bacteria from the urinary tract.
  • Avoid using irritating feminine products such as soaps, douches, fragranced washes.

What should I do if I have a UTI?

If you think you have a urine infection or are presenting any of the symptoms above, you can book in for a free appointment with our pharmacist by clicking here. Our pharmacist will have a chat with you in our private consultation room and if applicable will prescribe prescription medication to you. You will only need to pay the prescription charge if you do not qualify for free NHS medication.

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