UTI Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

What is a Urinary Tract Infection?

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.
Read on to learn about urinary tract infection symptoms, prevention, and treatment. 


What are the signs of a urinary tract infection?


The most common UTI symptoms:

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


How to prevent a urinary tract infection

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 to treat a urinary tract infection 

Here are a few steps for how to treat a UTI:

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


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