tract infection (UTI) is not an infection of the vagina or reproductive
system. As its name suggests, UTI is a commonly experienced bacterial
infection of the urinary tract—the bladder, kidneys, ureters
or urethra. Most UTIs either affect the bladder or the kidneys.
UTIs are most prevalent in young and middle-aged women, and are
rarely serious. With proper treatment, a UTI can be cured without
further complication. However, if you ignore your symptoms and
don’t seek treatment, a UTI can lead to permanent damage
of the kidneys.
UTI is caused by bacteria that enters the urethra and then enters
the urinary tract. This bacteria can come from any number of places,
but generally comes from the large intestines via feces, or from
the blood or lymph system. The common symptoms of UTI follow:
- The constant urge to urinate, but only passing small amount
of urine at a time
- Cloudy urine with an unpleasant odor
- Pain or burning upon urination
- Tenderness and heaviness in the lower abdomen
- Pain in the lower back, under the rib cage
- Nausea and vomiting
If you have these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor
for proper diagnosis. Your doctor can determine if you have a UTI
through a standard urinalysis. Your doctor will prescribe a strong
oral antibiotic that can cure your UTI. You can help to prevent
UTIs by drinking lots of water and liquids throughout the day and
by drinking cranberry or blueberry juice. Also, if you urinate
frequently and don’t hold it in, you’ll help prevent
UTIs. Urinating and bathing after sex is a good way to prevent
bacteria from entering your urinary tract.
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