A urinary tract infection (sometimes called a UTI) is a common urological condition that can afflict a man or a woman. It is common in both children and adults. The urinary tract is the area within the human body that makes and produces, stores and eliminates urine through a system of integrated organs. When a person experiences a urinary tract infection, in most cases, the infection is occurring with the bladder.
Urinary tract infections don’t always have symptoms, but most often there will be signs that something is not right. The most common symptoms of UTIs include a very strong feeling or sensation to urinate accompanied by a burning sensation or sharp pain when urination occurs. Urine may appear cloudy, discolored (for example, bright pink or orange), and it may have a strong smell. Pelvic pain in women, and rectal pain in men, is common symptoms of UTI.
Several things can cause a urinary tract infection. Bacteria are often the primary cause. Infections, STDs, blockages in the urinary tract, certain types of medications and birth control, kidney stones or an enlarged prostate, and those patients who have diabetes or cannot control urine on their own, are all susceptible to having a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are more likely to occur in women than in men.
Urinary tract infections and bladder infections can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the kidneys, which will result in more severe symptoms. If treated promptly, urinary tract infections often clear up within a matter of days.
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