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What you need to know about your Urinary Tract Infections?

What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

What is a urinary tract infections

A UTI is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract. Usually, a UTI is caused by bacteria that can live in the digestive tract, in the vagina, or around the urethra, the short tube that carries urine out of the bladder when you urinate. Most often these bacteria enter the urethra and travel to the bladder where they cause a bladder infection. Sometimes bacteria travel further to the kidneys and cause a kidney infection.

 

How do I know if I have a UTI?

If you have a UTI, you may have

  • a burning feeling when you urinate
  • frequent or intense urges to urinate, even when you have little urine to pass
  • pain in your back or lower abdomen
  • cloudy, dark, bloody, or odd-smelling urine
  • fever or chills

Who gets UTIs?

Women are more likely than men to get UTIs. But when men get UTIs, the infection is often serious and hard to treat. Older adults are more prone to UTIs than younger people.

What should I do if I think I have a UTI?

See your doctor to find out if your symptoms are caused by an infection. If you have a UTI, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to kill the bacteria causing the infection.

How can I prevent more UTIs?

Changing some of your daily habits may help you avoid UTIs.

  • Drink lots of fluid to flush the bacteria from your system. Water is best.
  • Drink cranberry juice or take vitamin C. Both increase the acid in your urine so bacteria can’t grow easily.
  • Urinate frequently and go when you first feel the urge.
  • Urinate shortly after sex to help flush away bacteria that might have entered your urethra during sex.
  • After using the toilet, always wipe from front to back, especially after a bowel movement.
  • Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes so air can keep the area dry.