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Frequent urge to go? Don't go to the ER.

June 15, 2021

Mark L. Friedman, MD, FACEP, FACP

You’ve been here before — in the bathroom. In fact, you were here 15 minutes ago. You know you have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Frequent urge to go, burning when you go, and pain. Ugh.

40% of women will have at least one UTI in their lifetime. What should you do if you think you have one?


You should be seen by an in-person doctor (urgent care or primary doctor’s office) if:

  • You're a male (of any age).
  • You're a female under the age of 18.
  • You've had 3 UTIs in the last 12 months and haven't yet seen a doctor.
  • You have a history of kidney stones.
  • You have flank (kidney) pain.

For the vast majority of those who occasionally suffer, you can skip the cost and hassle of going somewhere to be seen in-person and call a doctor instead.

If you’ve got a UTI, going to the ER may cost you. found the average cost of care for a UTI in an ER setting was nearly $700. With First Stop Health, the cost is predictably smaller. Employers cover the cost of our service (usually 100%, but at times employees pay a small visit fee, disclosed during intake).

So if you have that frequent urge to go, sit back, pick up the phone, and call First Stop Health instead.

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Originally published Jun 15, 2021 8:00:23 PM.