“About half of women will get a urinary tract infection, or UTI, at some point in life.” – WebMD
Urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when germs penetrate the urinary system – bladder, kidneys, urethra, and ureters. Bladder infections, including UTI, are quite common and are treatable. Without medical intervention, the infection may spread to the kidneys and further compromise health.
Women have about a 50 percent chance of developing UTI at some point in their life – a significantly higher percentage than men. Treatment of UTI commonly involves prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) antibiotics. However, steps can be taken to reduce your chances of getting UTI, which we will discuss later on.
First, we’re going to talk about the most common symptoms of UTI.
The seven most common symptoms of UTI are:
– Burning sensation while urinating
– A persistent, strong urge to urinate
– Frequently passing small amounts of urine
– Urine that is red, bright-pink or dark
– Urine that smells pungent
– Urine that appears opaque, cloudy
– (In women) pelvic pain, particularly in the center pelvic area around the pubic bone
TYPES OF UTI
Now that you have the 7 most common symptoms of UTI, we’re going to break the illness down by type. The reason is simple, in that each type’s symptoms and treatments can vary widely.
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