A urinary tract infection is an infection that occurs in the urinary system (ureters, bladder, kidneys, or urethra) and causes a wide range of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include strong-smelling urine, a burning sensation when urinating, cloudy urine, and pelvic pain. For a more in-depth look at UTI symptoms and how to treat them, read through the information below.
UTI Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
According to Mayo Clinic, urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract through the urethra and spread to the bladder. UTIs affect women more often than men and most commonly occur in the bladder and urethra.
The symptoms of a UTI vary depending on the part of the urinary tract that is affected. It is also important to note that UTIs do not always cause signs and symptoms and are often overlooked or misdiagnosed as a result.
Below is a breakdown of the symptoms most commonly associated with infections occurring in the kidneys, bladder, and urethra.
Infections that occur in the kidneys cause upper back and side pain, nausea and vomiting, high fever, shaking, and chills.
Infections occurring in the urethra are marked by burning with urination and discharge.
Bladder infections cause frequent and painful urination, pelvic pressure, blood in urine, and lower abdomen pain
In most cases, urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotics. As with all antibiotics, it’s important to finish the entire prescription (even if the infection clears up) to avoid antibiotic resistance and future bacterial complications.
There are also measures you can take to reduce your risk of UTIs, including:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Wiping from front to back
- Urinating after sex
- Drinking cranberry juice
- Avoiding irritating feminine products such as douches and powders
When to See a Medical Professional
It‘s recommended that you see a medical professional at the first sign of a urinary tract infection, especially if you experience painful urination, vomiting, or fever.
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Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-tract-infection/basics/symptoms