Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection is the second most common type of infection in the body and affects millions each year. In most cases, bacteria first begin growing in the urethra. An infection limited to the urethra is called urethritis. From there bacteria often move on to the bladder, causing a bladder infection. If the infection is not treated properly, bacteria may then go up to the ureters to infect the kidneys causing a kidney infection.

UTIs are rarely seen in boys and young men. In women though, the rate of UTIs gradually increases with age. While some people don’t experience symptoms, most people experience at least one of the following:

  • A constant urgency to urinate
  • A strong burning sensation while urinating
  • Urinating frequently while only passing small amounts of urine
  • Passing blood in the urine
  • Bacteria is present in the urine

It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any of the above symptoms so an antibiotic can be prescribed to treat the bacterial infection.