Urinary Tract Infection Specialist

Steve Y. Chung, MD -  - Urological Surgeon

Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons

Steve Y. Chung, MD

Urological Surgeon located in Dixon, IL & Spring Valley, IL

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can be painful and exasperating, especially if you suffer from this problem regularly. At Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons in Dixon and Sterling, Illinois, skilled urologist Steve Y. Chung, MD, diagnoses UTIs using the latest advanced testing. This allows him to treat UTIs effectively using the specific solutions that are right for you. Book an appointment online or by phone now.

Urinary Tract Infection Q & A

What is a UTI?

A UTI is an infection affecting any part of your urinary tract. UTIs typically start in the urethra and then move into your bladder. 

If untreated, the UTI could reach your kidneys, which is the most serious type of UTI. Women are most susceptible to UTIs, but they can also occur in men.

How can I tell if I have a UTI?

If you suspect a UTI, call Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons so you can get tested as soon as possible. Some common UTI symptoms include:

  • Dark or cloudy urine
  • Burning during urination
  • Unusually frequent urge to urinate
  • Pain during urination
  • Mild fever
  • Belly or back cramping 

If your UTI grows more severe (a kidney infection) you might develop even worse symptoms, such as chills, night sweats, higher fever, and serious belly or back pain. Even if you have all the symptoms of UTI, diagnostic testing is still needed to get the fastest relief. 

How does UTI diagnosis work?

Although a standard urine test can verify whether you have a UTI or not, it can’t identify the actual pathogens involved. Until recently, the only way to do that was a urine culture in a clinical laboratory, which took at least several days for results. 

But, Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons uses a novel service to identify the specific pathogens that caused your UTI in only a day. 

Molecular identification of organisms and drug sensitivity testing looks for a wide range of organisms that cause UTIs. Additionally, the test identifies the specific antibiotics that will treat your particular UTI effectively. 

Certain organisms resist the antibiotics that are commonly used to treat UTIs, but this test helps you avoid treatment missteps, so you can get the fastest possible relief.

This is a superior solution for UTIs because it helps Dr. Chung identify the ideal treatment for your specific UTI and can finally end the cycle of chronic infections. 

How long do I have to take antibiotics for my UTI?

When Dr. Chung prescribes antibiotics for your UTI, it’s extremely important that you take all of the medicine. 

It’s common to start feeling better after a day or so of taking the right antibiotics, but that doesn’t mean the infection is completely out of your body yet. Completing the course of medicine means that you don’t have to worry about recurrence. 

Use the online scheduler, or call the Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons office for UTI help today.