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A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system. Most UTIs start in the lower urinary tract in the bladder or urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the body. A UTI can also include an infection in the upper urinary system, including the kidneys.
There are different names for infections in different parts of the urinary system, including:
UTIs are caused by bacteria that most often come from the digestive tract or rectal area. The bacteria cling to the opening of the urethra and begin to multiply. If the infection is not treated right away, bacteria may move up the urinary system to the kidneys.
Most infections are caused by a bacteria that
normally lives in the colon. The bacteria may move from the rectal area to the urethra.
UTIs can also be sexually transmitted. This type of infection usually does not spread past the urethra. Both partners need to be treated.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will also be done.
A sample of your urine will be tested
for blood, pus, and bacteria.
In general, children and men are less likely to get UTIs. Their infections are more likely to be caused by structural problems of the kidneys, bladder, or tubes. As a result, children and men may need more testing to determine the cause of a UTI.
UTIs are treated with antibiotics. Standard medical care for a UTI includes taking antibiotics for 3 days. You will probably start to feel better after 1-2 days. It is important that you continue to take the entire course of medication, even if you feel better.
You may have your urine checked after you finish taking the antibiotics. This is to make sure that the infection is truly gone. If you have recurrent infections, you may be referred to a specialist.
The infection may cause pain and spasms in the bladder. Your doctor may recommend a medication
called phenazopyridine. It may turn your urine, and sometimes your sweat, an orange color.
Severe UTIs may need a strong initial dose of antibiotics. You may be given antibiotics through an IV or an injection.
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