This is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract. This includes an infection in the bladder, kidney, ureters or urethra.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract. This includes:
The most common sites of a urinary tract infection are the bladder and kidneys. The symptoms depend on a number of factors, including where the infection is in the urinary tract.
A urinary tract infection is usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria usually enter the urinary tract through the urethra and can travel upwards toward the kidneys. Conditions that can decrease the body's ability to control the growth of the bacteria include:
In addition, urinary tract infections are more common in women because their urethras are shorter and closer to their anus, which is a source of bacteria.
Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection. He or she can do a urine test and order an antibiotic if a urinary tract infection is diagnosed. Some other medications may also be ordered to help relieve painful urination due to a urinary tract infection. In addition, there are things you can do at home to decrease your symptoms and help prevent future UTIs.
People who have frequent urinary tract infections, or infections that do not go away with medications, may be referred to a urologist for further evaluation and treatment.
You should contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms and how long you have had them.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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