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Feeling the Burn this Summer? Tips on Identifying a Urinary Tract Infection


Studies have shown that urinary tract infections (UTIs) tend to increase in the summer for women ages 18 to 44.  This seasonal change is attributed mostly to weather, as heat and humidity can result in changes in bacterial flora and contribute to dehydration, which both contribute to the development of infections.

So, when it comes to discomfort down below, when should you be worried? We’ve reviewed several urinary tract infection symptoms that may signal your need to get checked out for a UTI. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, click here for a free online UTI health screening on

Burning or pain with urination

This is one of the most common and easily recognizable symptoms. If you start “feeling the burn” there is a chance you could be one of the 3 million women in the U.S. who get a UTI every year.

Increased urgency

Ever feel the need to urinate? Well, when you have a UTI sometimes that urge can come on non-stop. This symptom combined with burning on urination may help diagnose a UTI.

Increased frequency

Simply having to go more often is one of the common symptoms associated with a UTI.

Absence of vaginal symptoms

UTIs can often be confused with vaginal yeast infections or even STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). The lack of vaginal itching, discharge or pain is your best sign that things may be less to do with the female reproductive tract and more likely a UTI.


Still unsure?

At SmartDocMD we have you covered. Our free online triage system uses Artificial Intelligence, which we call “SmartDocA.I.,” to provide up-to-date medical information to tell you what might be going on. All you have to do is tell us your symptoms through a free online interview. If you need to see a doctor, one of our U.S. board-certified doctors is available at the click-of-a-button to provide you a formal diagnosis and urinary tract infection treatment plan, including prescriptions as needed.  Click here to get help now.

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