What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in the urinary system, usually in the bladder or urethra, but occasionally involving the kidneys. It is often caused when bacteria living in the anal, genital, and vaginal regions enter the urethra and travel to the bladder.
If you think you have a UTI, read on to learn about the symptoms, prevention, and treatment. 

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

The following symptoms are most common:

  • Pain or burning when you urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Foul smelling or cloudy urine
  • Bloody urine
  • Pain in lower back

How is a urinary tract infection prevented?

The following steps may help you prevent future UTIs:

  • Stay hydrated with lots of water and fluids.
  • Urinate when you feel the need; do not hold your urine.
  • Urinate before and after sexual activity.
  • Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom.
  • Reduce the use of douching, unscented soaps, sprays, and powders in the genital area.
  • Wash your genitals with warm water and soap.

How is a urinary tract infection treated? 

The following steps may help you treat a urinary tract infection:

  • Taking antibiotics prescribed by a medical provider
  • Drinking increased amounts of fluids to help flush bacteria out of your system

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