When Should You Go to Urgent Care for a UTI? Knowing When to Seek Medical Attention

Dr. Phil Mitchell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell

When should I go to the urgent care for a UTI?

While some UTIs can be treated with antibiotics and self-care measures, there are times when it’s important to seek medical attention at an urgent care facility. Here are some situations you should consider going to urgent care for a UTI:

  • Severe symptoms: If you’re experiencing severe symptoms such as high fever, vomiting, severe pain in the lower abdomen, or blood in the urine.
  • Symptoms that don’t improve: If you’ve been taking antibiotics for a UTI and your symptoms haven’t improved after 2-3 days.
  • Recurrent UTIs: If you’re experiencing recurrent UTIs or have a history of frequent UTIs, your healthcare provider may recommend further evaluation to identify any underlying medical conditions or other factors that may be contributing to your UTIs.
  • Pregnancy: UTIs can be more serious during pregnancy and require prompt medical attention.
  • Underlying medical conditions: If you have an underlying medical condition such as diabetes or kidney disease, you may be at higher risk for complications from a UTI and should seek medical attention promptly.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of a UTI and are unsure whether you need to go to urgent care, it’s always a good idea to consult a healthcare provider. They can help you determine the best course of action based on your individual symptoms and medical history.