Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection is an infection of the urinary system which consists of the kidney, ureter, bladder and urethra.

Common symptoms of UTI include:

  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Frequent and or intense urge to urinate
  • Unpleasant urine odor
  • Urine that is cloudy of red-tinged
  • Back or side pain
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

UTIs are typically caused by bacteria that are most often found in the bowel. Certain people are at high risk of developing urinary tract infections including:

  • Postmenopausal women
  • Women who use certain types of birth control including diaphragms
  • Women who are sexually active
  • People with kidney stones
  • Men with an enlarged prostates
  • Pregnancy

Although certain groups of people are more prone to UTIs, there are steps everyone can take to help prevent them including:

  • Wiping from front to back after a bowel movement
  • Not waiting too long to pass urine
  • Managing chronic conditions such as diabetes
  • Drinking plenty of water every day
  • Urinating after sexual intercourse
  • Eating a healthy diet to prevent conditions such s kidney stones
  • Knowing which foods to eat and avoid when you have a UTI

Untreated UTIs can cause damage to the kidneys and other parts of the body. Also if you are pregnant an untreated UTI could cause pregnancy complications including premature labour. Given these risks, if you are experiencing symptoms of UTI it is important to seek medical attention.

If you are prone to recurrent UTIs book an appointment with a SwiftMD. The doctor may elect to perform an additional test or simply offer guidance for minimizing your chances of contracting repeat infections.

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