Urinary Tract Infection
also known as a UTI
What is a Urinary Tract Infection?
What are some Symptoms of a UTI?
Having a UTI includes having a bad smelling odor to your urine, a burning sensation while urinating, urine that will look cloudy, occasional pressure in your lower abdomen, and a consistent urge to use the bathroom even when you don't have to go. In women it is possible to feel pelvic pain, and rectal pain in men.
*If you don't take care of your UTI, the infection can worsen and also spread to your kidneys. If the UTI has spread to your kidneys, common symptoms are blood in urine, upper back and side pain, high fever, shaking, chills, nausea, and vomiting.
In adults, sometimes symptoms of a UTI are confused with other diseases.
How does a UTI Occur?
Getting a UTI is more common in women because the urethra is closer to the anus which means that it is easier for bacteria to get in the urinary tract.
Some Risk Factors of a UTI would be Kidney Stones, being sexually active, certain types of contraception, and blockages in the urinary tract.
How do I Treat a UTI?
If you're a person who experiences frequent UTIs, you're doctor might prescribe you more antibiotics that will last longer than 7 days.