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Urinary Tract Infection

 

Overview

Urinary Tract Infection or UTI is due to  bacteria infecting  the kidneys or the ureters (upper UTI) or the bladder and the urethra (lower UTI). The bladder infection is called cystitis, whist the urethra infection is known as urethritis. Upper UTI may be more serious as there is a stronger risk of kidney damage.

 

Causes

The most common cause of UTI is bacteria around the anus area that move upwards and enter into the urinary tract through the urethra causing infection. Unprotected sexual intercourse, having multiple sexual partners, abnormality of the urinary tract, poor hygiene, prolonging urination, holding back the urge to urinate, not emptying the bladder fully and presence of tumor or stones in the urinary tract are other general causes of UTI. Pregnancy, menopause, use of a diaphragm as a method of contraception and having had bladder infections as a child are risk factors for a woman and increase her chance of developing UTI. In the case of men, the risk of infection increases for those with an enlarged prostate. A suppressed immune system or other disorders leading to  weakened immunity levels also raise the risk of a urinary infection. People with diabetes may be more prone to developing UTI.

 

Symptoms

A burning sensation when passing of urine, frequent urination, cloudy urine, blood in the urine, foul smelling urine, mild fever, nausea, vomiting, chills and a feeling of being unwell can be symptoms associated with UTI. The person could experience a strong urge to urinate followed by a sharp pain in the urethra. The person may also suffer with a back ache or lower abdominal pain with a feeling of soreness.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor may perform a pelvic examination of the patient and note down the medical history as well as the symptoms experienced by the patient. The doctor may also recommend certain laboratory tests for diagnosing the urinary tract infection.

 

Treatment

The doctor will generally prescribe antibiotics or anti bacterial drugs to fight the infection and treat the disorder. Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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