Urinary Tract Infection

A Urinary Tract Infection is an infection that has developed somewhere in the urinary system; the kidneys, ureters (the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder, or the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder). Most infections occur in the urethra and bladder. When treated early, bladder infections are not serious. However, kidney infections are serious and can develop if the condition is not treated.

Bladder infections generally start when bacteria, naturally living in the large intestine, is introduced to urethra. In women, it is recommended to wipe from front to back to avoid infecting the urethra. Sexual activity can also increase the chance of an infection. If you have lower urine flow, kidney stones, protate problems, diabetes, or a compromised immune system, you may be more likely to get a urinary tract infection.

A simple lab test from a urine sample indicates the presence of bacteria in the urine. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for treatment. Urination helps flush the infection, drink plenty of water.


Symptoms

Pain or burning during urination, pain near the bladder, cloudy or bad smelling urine, pain in the lower back near the kindneys, fever or chills, nausea or vomiting.


When to See a Doctor

See your doctor if you have severe or persistent symptoms, a high fever, nausea or vomiting, kidney pain in your lower back, or you are over 65 or pregnant.

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