UTI Specialist

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can cause pain while urinating, burning while urinating, increased urge to urinate, and other unpleasant symptoms. Fortunately, most UTIs can be resolved quite quickly with the right treatment. Dr. John A. Berger at Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic in San Diego, California can diagnose and treat UTIs promptly. Contact the office anytime to make a same day appointment.


by John A Berger, M.D.

How do you know if you have a UTI?

There are several indicators to look for. These include:

  • Pain when you urinate
  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • A feeling that you constantly need to urinate
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Pain in the lower belly
  • Discolored urine: orange, dark yellow, red, or cloudy urine
  • Bad odor during urination
  • Low-grade fever

If you have any or all of the signs above, come into Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic for a UTI test. Dr. Berger can test your urine sample quickly and easily to confirm whether you have a UTI.

How are UTIs treated?

Because UTIs are bacterial infections, they respond well to antibiotics in most cases. Dr. Berger may prescribe an antibiotic such as Bactrim, Septra, Monurol, Macrodantin, or Keflex for your UTI. These drugs are taken every day for anywhere from three to seven days. Usually, the antibiotics will quickly start to destroy the harmful bacteria and you'll begin to feel better within a day or so. Be sure to take the entire prescription of antibiotics, even after the pain and other symptoms are resolved.

For patients who have chronic UTIs, a different approach may be needed. This may include options like long-term use of low-dose antibiotics or single large doses of antibiotics after sexual intercourse.

How can you prevent UTIs?

While UTIs can't always be prevented, there are several precautions that can be very helpful. These include:

  • Plenty of water intake
  • Sufficient vitamin C: vitamin C causes the acidity in urine to rise, which helps reduce harmful bacteria
  • Void urine on a regular basis, ideally every 3 hours or so
  • Always void urine following sexual intercourse
  • Always void urine prior to going to sleep
  • Swipe toilet paper from front to back, as this helps avoid bacteria transfer from the anus to the vagina or urethra
  • Avoid taking bubble baths or using shower gels with chemical ingredients

Who is most likely to have UTIs?

Women are much more likely to develop UTIs than men because bacteria can more easily enter the urethra in a woman. Additionally, birth control methods like the diaphragm can increase UTI risk in women. Any patient who has a compromised immune system is more likely to get UTIs because the body can't fight bacteria as easily.


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205 Walnut Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-295-2147
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