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Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

Updated on January 28, 2011

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of any part of the urinary tract. The urinary tract consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Ureters is the tube that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder and urethra is the tube that carries urine out of your body. Children, teens, women, and men can get urinary tract infections. Here are the urinary tract infection symptoms.

Urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infection

Symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI):

  • Pain or burning sensation when you urinate.
  • Feeling like you need to pass urine more often than usual.
  • Urine is dark, cloudy or bloody.
  • Urine that smells bad.
  • Urinating very little even though your bladder is full.
  • Leaking a little urine.
  • Nausea.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Fever, chills.

If you think you have any of the above symptoms, contact your health care provider. Because bladder infections can lead to kidney infections if you are not treated. Bacteria, most often E.coli can cause urinary tract infection. Infection can be caused by sexual activity, pregnancy, certain forms of birth control and improper hygiene.

Diagnosis of urinary tract infection:

 UTI or urinary tract infection is diagnosed by urine test for signs of infection. It takes for about 2 to 3 minutes. If you have a urinary tract infection, your doctor will give a prescription for an antibiotic and medicines to numb your urinary tract and help to relieve your symptoms.

How to prevent urinary tract infection?

  • You should drink plenty of water. Drinking water helps flushing out bacteria. Cranberry juice may also help. Always ask your doctor first.
  • Don't hold your urine.
  • Always wipe from front to back after bowel movements.

Urinary tract infection (UTI)


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