Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Urinary Tract infection is an infection that takes place in kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. Most UTIs are bladder infections. Bladder infections occur more in men than in women. This is because women have small urethra. Sexual intercourse makes women more prone to receive germs. The risk of UTIs is more if the patient is diabetic and pregnant.
UTIs are classified as simple and complicated. Simple infection occurs in healthy urinary tracts. This infection does not spread to other parts of the body. It subsides with treatment. Anatomic abnormalities are the reasons for complicated UTIs. These infections can spread to other parts of the body. These infections are also resistant to antibiotics. Therefore, it is difficult to treat.
A person with Urinary Tract Infection may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Pain or burning sensation while urinating
- Want to urinate often but the amount of urine is less.
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Urine is cloudy, looks pink or red, or smells bad.
- Pain in the Kidney areas
- Fever and Chills
- Nausea or vomiting
Usually, a urine test is conducted to assess the infection.
A patient with urinary tract infection has to take antibiotics to suppress it. It is a must for the patient to take a lot of water. This flushes the bacteria out of the system.
Besides women, children are also prone to UTIs. It is the second common infection in children after respiratory tract infection. This disease is more common in girls and women than that in men below fifty years of age. Some women are genetically prone to UTIs. If it is not treated well, serious health hazards can occur. Therefore, anyone with the above symptoms should see a doctor in time, without letting it turn into a hazard.
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