Urinary Tract Infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that originations in the urinary system. The urinary system includes the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. Most infections take place in the bladder and urethra.According to the Mayo Clinic, women are more susceptible to urinary tract infections than men. Individuals who are sexually active, have passed through menopause or are on certain brands of birth control also have a higher risk of contracting a UTI.
Symptoms of a UTI vary and some individuals do not experience any symptoms at all. Recognizable signs include:
- A constant urge to urinate
- Passing small amounts of urine
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Urine with a strong, smelly odor
- Bacteria or blood in the urine
- High or low-grade fever
- Upper back pain
- Side pain
- Vomiting or nausea
- Pelvic pressure
Urinary tract infections are typically treated with Amoxicillin, Nitrofurantoin, Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, and Sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim. Symptoms usually clear up within a few days following the start of treatment. However, it is important to take all the medication prescribed by your doctor to ensure the infection is completely terminated.
Individuals who suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections may require a self-treatment program or aggressive antibiotic therapy as instructed by a physician. When left untreated, a UTI can spread, causing infection in the kidneys.
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