A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection that can affect any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, and urethra (the tube through which urine exits the body). Sexual activity is a common cause, though not the only one. While as many as 60 percent of women will experience a UTI, men and children can also be affected. A urinalysis is usually used to confirm a UTI and antibiotics are used to treat symptomatic infections.
- A persistent urge to urinate.
- Burning or pain when urinating.
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine.
- Cloudy urine (caused by pus in urine, or pyuria).
- Pink, red, or brownish urine (caused by blood in urine, or hematuria).
- Strong-smelling urine.
- Pelvic pain in women.
- Fever, nausea, and vomiting (most often due to a kidney infection).
UTI's can be treated with antibiotic medication. Additional measures to prevent future UTI's can be too:
- drink more fluids to help flush out bacteria
- urinate immediately after intercourse
- gently wipe from front to back after urinating
- wear cotton underwear and loose fitting pants
- eat natural yoghurt to restore normal vaginal environment
- find an alternative method of birth control if you use spermicides
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