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What To Do If You Are Traveling With a UTI on Your Road Trip to Las Vegas

January 5, 2022

Getting sick while you are traveling or on vacation can de-rail an experience that was planned to be exciting and fun.  Nobody plans to visit the doctor while vacationing in Las Vegas.  Many people pack general painkillers in their luggage; but what happens if you have something more serious than a headache while traveling?  If you’ve found that you’re in this situation, this article will give you the answers you’re looking for including:

  • Recognizing Your Body’s Warning Signs
  • How to Act Quickly
  • When to Schedule a Virtual OBGYN Appointment

Recognize Your Body’s Warning Signs

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are a common illness that affect women more often than men.  This type of infection is caused by bacteria in the urinary system (urethra, ureters, bladder, kidneys). The most proactive thing you can do, if you are traveling and think you might be coming down with a UTI, is to pay attention to any symptoms.

Some of the common symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Frequent Urination
  • Urgency (The feeling that you need to urinate - even if you just emptied your bladder)
  • Slight pain or burning after urination
  • Cloudy or Blood-Tinted Urine
  • Strong Smelling Urine (a sign of dehydration)

Don’t Wait for the Warning Signs to Get Worse

This step is very important! At the first sign of any of the above symptoms, stop immediately at the next exit and grab some supplies to get you on your way to feeling better.

Flush Your System

The best thing you can do for immediate care is to re-hydrate your body to help flush out the urinary system.  Grab a 6 pack of bottled water, drink, pee, and repeat. Holding your urine in your bladder for too long can encourage the bacteria to multiply.  Flushing water through your system helps to both rehydrate your body and flush bacteria out.

Prepare with Over-the-counter Medications

There are several over-the-counter medications geared toward helping with UTI’s. Some are strictly for pain management and others claim to help dissipate or prevent UTI’s. At a minimum, pick up some pain killers geared toward relieving urinary tract infection discomfort; you’ll want to have this on-hand in case your pain becomes worse. Usually, these medications are kept in the aisle with the menstrual care items.

Once you have taken the first steps toward healing your UTI, you may want to call in to your Virtual OBGYN to get an appointment on the books to make sure the infection is gone and get a prescription if necessary.

Schedule an Online OBGYN Visit

Traditionally, seeing your doctor while you were out of town was out of the question or limited only to emergency room visits.  Today, if you are lucky, your brick and mortar physician might call-in a prescription for you; but more than likely they will require you to go into a facility for an evaluation.  This adds delay and frustration to getting care and getting back on the road.

The best way to get quick medical attention for your UTI, whether traveling or not, is to see your virtual OBGYN here at My Virtual Physician.  You can always schedule a proactive appointment if you feel the UTI symptoms coming on.  When it comes to treating a urinary tract infection, it is better to be prepared for the worst rather than to wait and see what happens.

Getting a UTI while traveling to Las Vegas or another dream vacation destination doesn’t have to ruin your trip! A little bit of quick action can get you feeling better so you can fully enjoy your trip. Are you suffering and in need of immediate treatment for a UTI? Click to book your appointment here!

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