Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Your family doctor can treat most urinary tract infections. However, for frequent recurrences or a chronic kidney infection, you'll likely be referred to a doctor who specializes in urinary disorders (urologist) or kidney disorders (nephrologist) for an evaluation.
What you can do
Before your appointment, make a list of medications or supplements you're taking and any allergies you have. This information helps your doctor select the best treatment.
Write down questions to ask your doctor, such as:
- What kind of tests do I need?
- Can I do anything to prevent a UTI?
- What signs and symptoms should I watch out for?
- What do the results of my urine test mean?
- Do I need to take medicine?
- Are there any special instructions for taking the medicine?
- What can I do if I keep getting UTIs?
Don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor will likely ask you several questions, including:
- When did you first notice your symptoms?
- Have you been treated for a bladder or kidney infection in the past?
- How severe is your discomfort?
- How often do you urinate?
- Are your symptoms relieved by urinating?
- Do you have low back pain?
- Have you had a fever?
- Have you noticed vaginal discharge or blood in your urine?
- Are you sexually active?
- Do you use contraception? What kind?
- Could you be pregnant?
- Are you being treated for any other medical conditions?
- Have you ever used a catheter?
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