Understanding UTI’s: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

UTI Treatment in London

Are you looking for UTI treatment in London? Look no further than Akasi Pharmacy, your trusted partner in managing urinary tract infections (UTIs) through the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme. We understand the discomfort and inconvenience that UTIs bring, and we’re here to provide efficient and accessible solutions tailored to your needs. Below, we’ll delve into what UTIs are, their symptoms, duration, treatment options, natural remedies, potential complications, and how you can seek treatment at Akasi Pharmacy.

Understanding UTIs

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract, leading to an infection. The urinary tract comprises the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. UTIs commonly affect the lower urinary tract (bladder and urethra) but can also involve the upper urinary tract (kidneys).

Symptoms of a UTI

UTIs manifest with various symptoms, including:

– Frequent urge to urinate
– Burning sensation during urination
– Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
– Blood in urine (hematuria)
– Pelvic pain in women
– Rectal pain in men
– Fatigue
– Fever or chills (indicating a more severe infection)


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Duration of UTIs

The duration of UTIs can vary depending on several factors, including the severity of the infection and the individual’s overall health. Typically, uncomplicated UTIs can be treated effectively within a few days to a week with appropriate interventions.

Treating UTIs

Treatment for UTIs often involves antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare professional. These antibiotics target the bacteria causing the infection, helping to alleviate symptoms and clear the infection. It’s essential to complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed, even if symptoms improve before the course is finished, to prevent recurrence and antibiotic resistance.

Natural Remedies

In addition to conventional treatment, several natural remedies can complement UTI management. These include:

– Increasing water intake to flush out bacteria
– Consuming cranberry juice or supplements (contains compounds that may prevent bacterial adherence to the urinary tract)
– Using probiotics to promote healthy gut and urinary tract bacteria
– Applying heat to the abdomen or back to alleviate discomfort

It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before using natural remedies, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking other medications.


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UTI Complications

While most UTIs are uncomplicated and respond well to treatment, complications can arise if left untreated or if the infection spreads to the kidneys. Potential complications include:

– Recurrent UTIs
Kidney infection (pyelonephritis), which can lead to complications like sepsis or kidney damage if not promptly treated
– Increased risk of complications during pregnancy

Seeking Treatment at Akasi Pharmacy

At Akasi Pharmacy, we offer convenient and accessible UTI treatment through the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme. Here’s how you can access our services:

Walk-in Service: Visit our pharmacy during opening hours, and our trained pharmacists will assess your symptoms and provide appropriate treatment or refer you to a healthcare professional if necessary.

Pharmacy First Scheme: If you’re registered with a GP in London, you may be eligible for the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme, allowing you to receive UTI treatment directly from our pharmacy without needing to see your GP first. Simply visit us with your NHS number, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Professional Advice: Our pharmacists are highly trained and knowledgeable about UTIs and their management. Whether you have questions about symptoms, treatment options, or preventive measures, we’re here to provide expert advice and support.

Prescription Collection and Delivery: If you’re prescribed antibiotics or other medications for your UTI, we offer prescription collection and delivery services for your convenience, ensuring you have access to the treatment you need without hassle.

Get UTI Treatment in London

Don’t let UTIs disrupt your life. Contact us today or visit Akasi Pharmacy for prompt and effective UTI treatment in London, delivered with care and expertise through the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme.

Remember, if you experience severe symptoms such as high fever, persistent vomiting, or severe back or abdominal pain, seek immediate medical attention as these could indicate a more serious condition.

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This blog was written on behalf of Akasi Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.