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Urinary Tract Infections
UTIs are a common bacterial infection that can occur at any time in the urinary tract. They involve the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body), bladder, and kidneys. A UTI can be a mild, annoying infection or a serious, life-threatening infection.
Females are more susceptible to UTIs than males. This is because the urethra in women is shorter and closer to the anus than in men, making it easier for bacteria to enter. Older adults are also at risk of getting a UTI, as their bladders become less efficient in removing waste and fluid from the body.
The bacteria that cause UTIs can also travel up the ureters and into the kidneys. This can result in a serious infection called pyelonephritis, which can cause permanent damage to the kidneys.
If you have a UTI, you should see your doctor right away for diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor will take a sample of your urine to check for bacteria. Then, you will likely get antibiotics to kill off the bacteria causing your UTI. Your doctor will also recommend drinking lots of water to help flush the infection out of your system.
Depending on what type of infection you have, you may have symptoms such as an intense need to urinate, a burning sensation while urinating, or an urge to urinate very frequently. You might also have an abnormal color of your urine or a strong odor.
A doctor might also tell you that you have a UTI if your urine contains blood or other signs of infection, like a high fever. This is a sign that the infection has spread to other parts of your body.
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Urinary Tract Symptoms
The urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, ureters and bladder, helps the body dispose of waste and excess fluid. Its function is very important, as it keeps the body clean and healthy.
UTIs (also called bladder infections) happen when bacteria get into the urinary tract and multiply. These infections can be in the bladder, urethra and kidneys.
Infections in the urethra (the tube that lets urine out of the bladder) are common. Symptoms are often very similar to those of a cold or flu, and include pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic area. You may also feel a burning sensation when you urinate.
You should see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they last for more than a few days. They may also ask you to take a sample of your urine, although this is not always needed.
Your GP might recommend taking antibiotics, which can treat the infection. They will give you a prescription and tell you how long to take it for. It is important to follow the treatment, as you could develop a more serious infection if you stop taking the medicine early.
It is a good idea to drink plenty of water to help dilute your urine, which makes it easier for the antibiotics to work. Avoid liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine and sugar, as these can make the antibiotics less effective.
If you are pregnant, a UTI can cause problems for the baby. For example, a low birth weight or premature baby can be caused by a urinary tract infection that is not treated.
Women, especially, are more likely to have recurrent UTIs. This can happen if you have two or more UTIs in six months or three or more within a year. This is called recurrence, and it can be treated with a course of antibiotics to prevent future infections.
A UTI is a very common infection, and they can be difficult to catch early. It is important to see a GP as soon as you have any symptoms, or call 111 or get help from 111 online.
Urinary Tract Diseases
The urinary system removes fluid from the body to help control blood pressure and maintain a balance of water and chemicals in the body. Adults eliminate about 27 to 68 fluid ounces per day (800 to 2,000 milliliters).
The bladder is the main organ for urine storage, with two kidneys and two ureters (tubes that empty into the bladder) to help drain liquid waste. Women are at increased risk for UTIs, as is anyone who uses a catheter to urinate and people with health problems that make it hard to keep track of urination, such as paralysis or a neurological condition.
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic area and a frequent need to urinate, especially at night. You may also have cloudy or bloody urine.
UTIs are caused by bacteria, which infect the lining of the bladder and urethra, the tubes that carry urine out of the body. Most infections happen in the bladder, but some can occur in the ureters.
A more serious type of UTI, called pyelonephritis, happens when bacteria invade the kidneys. This is a life-threatening problem, and it needs to be treated quickly to prevent damage to the kidneys.
Another common urinary tract disease is a kidney stone, which can form in the ureters or kidneys. They can cause pain in the back and sides, and blood in the urine.
Kidney stones are clumps of calcium oxalate that form when high levels of the minerals found in urine — such as uric acid, cysteine and calcium — get concentrated enough to form solid deposits in the kidneys. They are more common in older adults.
Infections of the urethra or bladder (known as simple urinary tract infections, or UTIs) are very common. They typically cause mild symptoms, including pain in the lower belly or pelvic area, the need to urinate frequently and a painful or burning sensation when you urinate.
UTIs are usually diagnosed with a urine sample and are treated with antibiotics, which can be given as pills or suppositories. If the infection has not responded to treatment, or if you have any side effects from the medicine, such as stomach upset or fever, you should call your doctor.
Urinary Tract Problems
Urinary tract problems are a variety of issues that affect your bladder, kidneys and urethra. These problems can range from a simple urinary tract infection to serious medical conditions like kidney failure.
The bladder is a balloon-shaped organ that stores urine until you need to urinate. It’s located in the lower abdomen and is controlled by pelvic muscles.
A tube called the urethra connects the bladder to the outside of your body, in your penis (in men) or vagina (in women). The urethra is usually shaped like an elongated, thin tube, but it can also be made of solid material.
In some cases, the urethra can become blocked. This is often caused by structural problems in the urethra or bladder, but it can also be the result of illness or injury.
One of the most common urinary tract problems is a bladder infection, which can cause pain in your lower abdomen or pelvic area and a need to urinate frequently. It’s a good idea to see your doctor for this condition, as antibiotics can help clear up a UTI in a hurry and prevent it from becoming more serious.
The best way to avoid a UTI is by drinking lots of water. Taking in six to eight glasses per day helps dilute the urine and flush bacteria from your system. You can also try cranberry juice, which is a good antioxidant to help reduce the inflammation in your bladder. The most important part of treatment is getting a quick resolution to your symptoms. If the infection is severe, you may need to go to the hospital for a shot or an IV. You should be able to get rid of your symptoms within a week or so, provided that you drink enough water to flush the infection from your system and take your prescribed medications.