What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection? What are The Symptoms?

A urinary tract infection is an infection that affects the urinary tract, urinary tract infections are one of the most common types of infection amongst women today. There are actually two different types of infections that can happen that are considered urinary tract infections. They are the kidney infection which involves the upper tract and the bladder infection which involves the lower tract.

A urinary tract infection can have pretty minuscule, to no symptoms at first but can grow increasingly uncomfortable the longer you leave it untreated. Here is a couple of signs that you may have a urinary tract infection.



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First Symptoms

☺ Slight burning sensation when you urinate

☺ Light discharge that is yellow to brownish in color

☺ Lower back pain

☺ Slight to moderate pain in the lower abdomen

☺ Frequent Urination

If you are experiencing any of the mild symptoms above, more than likely you are in the early stages of a urinary tract infection.


Severe Symptoms Consult a physician

☺ Severe burning sensation when urinating

☺ High fever

☺ Vomiting

☺ Noticeable amounts of blood in urine

☺ Sharp gut wrenching pain in the lower abdomen


If you are experiencing any, I mean any of the severe symptoms above consult a physician immediately, left untreated these can be very dangerous.


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So How Do I Keep From Getting a Urinary Tract Infection

If you are already experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you are usually beyond the point of trying to prevent an infection. So the best thing you could do at this point for your health, is to contact your physician and make a doctor's appointment. They will usually prescribe an antibiotic to help you get rid of the infection. The antibiotic works by fighting the bad bacteria which caused the infection to begin with.



Here are a couple of preventive measures you can take to try to keep yourself from contracting a urinary tract infection.


☺ The first thing you can do to keep your body from being a breeding place for this horrible bacteria, would be to make sure you drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day. Water flushes all the bad toxins out of your body and helps keep it running smooth, like the well-oiled machine it should be.

☺ Always remember to wipe front to back, this is usually the number one reason most children get urinary tract infections. When you wipe from the back to the front instead of front to back, all that bad bacteria end up right where we do not want it, which is in the urinary tract.

☺ Take AZO, this is a little red over the counter pill that when taken with water helps to clean out your bladder and kidneys.

☺ Always shower after sexual intercourse and never use food as a lubricant, or let it make internal contact with your vagina.

☺ Avoid too many bubble baths, some people are pretty sensitive to the perfumes and dyes in them.



"I am not a doctor," so if you ever notice any of the signs I talked about above please, please call yours. He would know more about what works for your body than I would.

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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

Good research and good Hub. You covered everything. Voted up!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I suffered with Cystitis for more years then I care to remember. One Dr. told me I would grow out at some point as I got older and I did. There is a treatment for Cystitis, Joyce.


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. Author

Thank you guys I used to get them pretty frequent when I was a child.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You handled this topic very nicely and your suggestions will help many to lead a healthy lifestyle, free of those annoying UTs. I have had a few and now drink plenty of water as a precaution. Voted up.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

This is a very informative hub. Almost everybody I know, including me, had experienced this infection. I would like to share this to others but I could not find your share buttons.

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