Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Urinary Tract Infections

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Urinary Tract Infections.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men are. Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur, if a UTI spreads to your kidneys. These infections don’t always have very clear signs and symptoms, but when they do, they may include: a strong, persistent urge to urinate; a burning sensation when urinating; passing frequent, small amounts of urine; urine that appears cloudy; urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-coloured — a sign of blood in the urine; strong-smelling urine; and pelvic pain, in women — especially in the centre of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone. UTIs may be overlooked or mistaken for other conditions in older adults.

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