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Urinary tract infection (UTI), a common infection of the urinary tract, is caused by bacteria that get into the bladder through the urethra. Symptoms of UTI include feeling wet all the time, frequent urination, and pain when peeing. UTIs can lead to kidney damage and even kidney failure if left untreated. Treatment usually involves antibiotics taken orally every day for a week.

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection that can occur in both men and women. The bacteria that cause UTIs can enter the body through the urethra – the tube coming out of the bladder – or through the rectum or anus. Symptoms of a UTI include pain when passing urine, a strong smell from the urinary tract, and fever. 

What is Urinary Tract Infection?

Urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a common infection in women that bacteria, fungi, or both can cause. Symptoms of UTI vary depending on the cause. They can include: frequent urination, feeling like you need to go but not being able to, pain during urination, cloudy urine, and fever. If left untreated, UTI can lead to more severe complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and urethritis.

To help prevent UTIs, keep your urinary tract clean by washing with soap and water daily and using an adequately cleaned urinal. If you experience UTI symptoms, see your doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common bacterial infection of the urinary system. Symptoms may include pain during urination, frequent urination, back pain, fever, and a feeling of being unwell. If untreated, UTI can lead to more severe health problems like kidney infections or urethritis. 

  • A sudden increase in the number of UTI-related visits to the doctor
  • Pain during urination that does not go away after trying different methods of treatment, such as using a heating pad or over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Urinating less than usual or not at all
  • A discharge from the penis or vagina that looks like pus
  • Frequent urgency to go to the bathroom

How to Treat Urinary Tract Infection?

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common infection in the urinary tract. It can occur when environmental bacteria enter the urinary tract and cause symptoms such as pain, fever, and nausea. 

  1. Wash your hands regularly: The best way to avoid getting a UTI is to prevent the bacteria from entering your body in the first place. Ensure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time you use the bathroom. This is especially important when you’re sick or have an infection.
  2. Practice Safe Sex: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can also increase your risk of a UTI. Frequent sex partners and unprotected sex increase your chances of getting a UTI. If you get a UTI, make sure you tell your partner about it so they can take precautions too.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids: Urinating frequently helps keep the urinary tract clean and healthy, which can help prevent UTIs especially after sex.

If you are symptomatic, see your doctor immediately. Treatment usually includes antibiotics and pain relief. If your UTI is severe, you may need to be hospitalized.

Prevention of Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common health problem. They can be caused via physical or sexual contact, using the bathroom inappropriately, and not washing your hands correctly. This means washing your hands regularly, using warm water and soap, and avoiding exposure to harmful bacteria. If you do get a UTI, take antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Here are some tips to help prevent urinary tract infection:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before you eat
  • Avoid touching your face or mouth
  • Avoid sexual contact unless you are using a condom
  • Avoid straining during bowel movements
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