Many people put off going to a doctor or healthcare provider when they have a urinary tract infection, hoping it will go away by itself. Some people try over the counter medications to numb the urinary tract. Do not take the over the counter medications before going in to see your health care provider. Many of these medications change the urine and make it impossible to do the testing needed for a proper diagnosis.
Urinary tract infections, when not properly treated, can lead to kidney infections, so it is important to get to your doctor promptly.
Urinary tract pain could be something other than a bladder infection, so if you experience pain, burning, frequency of urination, get it checked out.