Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your family doctor can treat most urinary tract infections. However, for frequent recurrences or a chronic kidney infection, you'll likely be referred to a doctor who specializes in urinary disorders (urologist) or kidney disorders (nephrologist) for an evaluation.

What you can do

Before your appointment, make a list of medications or supplements you're taking and any allergies you have. This information helps your doctor select the best treatment.

Write down questions to ask your doctor, such as:

  • What kind of tests do I need?
  • Can I do anything to prevent a UTI?
  • What signs and symptoms should I watch out for?
  • What do the results of my urine test mean?
  • Do I need to take medicine?
  • Are there any special instructions for taking the medicine?
  • What can I do if I keep getting UTIs?

Don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor will likely ask you several questions, including:

  • When did you first notice your symptoms?
  • Have you been treated for a bladder or kidney infection in the past?
  • How severe is your discomfort?
  • How often do you urinate?
  • Are your symptoms relieved by urinating?
  • Do you have low back pain?
  • Have you had a fever?
  • Have you noticed vaginal discharge or blood in your urine?
  • Are you sexually active?
  • Do you use contraception? What kind?
  • Could you be pregnant?
  • Are you being treated for any other medical conditions?
  • Have you ever used a catheter?
Aug. 29, 2012