Health and Wellness

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Recognizing, Treating and Preventing UTIs

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused when bacteria enter the opening of the urethra and multiply.  If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the urinary tract, including the bladder and kidneys, and lead to a more serious condition. 

Signs and Symptoms:

**If you think you have a UTI, you must be seen in the Student Health Center.  An antibiotic is needed to treat a UTI.  Diagnosis is made from a urine sample.  NOTE:  Over the counter Pyridium (brand name Uristat) will NOT treat a bladder infection, it will help with burning only.  You should not take this until a urine sample is collected and you are being treated for a UTI.

How to prevent UTIs

If you experience any of the following, you may have a kidney infection.  You should seek medical attention immediately:

Students who have questions or concerns regarding their personal health may e-mail the Health and Wellness Center Nurse, call (814) 641-3410, or visit the Center during its hours, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. as well as Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.