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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) :  A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection, usually caused by bacteria, in any part of your urinary system such as your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract - that is 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.

UTI in men are far less common than in women and need investigating to find an underlying cause. These causes may include narrowing of the urethra (a stricture), a previous STI, a bladder stone, or a problem with the prostate gland. 

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common. They can be painful and uncomfortable, but they usually pass within a few days. If you develop a UTI, you're likely to feel:
  •     pain or a burning sensation when urinating (doctors refer to this as dysuria)
  •     a need to urinate often
  •     pain in the lower abdomen (tummy)
There is usually no obvious reason why the urinary tract gets infected, although some women find they develop a UTI after having sex.
UTIs are not sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but irritation from having sex can sometimes trigger a UTI.

If you find your symptoms very uncomfortable or if they last for more than five days, see your doctor.




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