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What is Urinary Tract Infection?

Published at : 10-07-2019 View : 30572

  Urinary tract infections are caused by microbes such as bacteria overcoming the body's defenses in the urinary tract. They can affect the kidneys, bladder, and the tubes that run between them.Most urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect the bladder and the urethra, which is the tube that drains urine from the bladder to outside the body.

Symptoms in Urinary Tract Infection

  Some people don’t have any symptoms with a urinary tract infection, which usually entails an inflammation of the bladder (cystitis) and can also involve an infection of the lower or upper urinary tract, and in more serious cases the kidneys. Common UTI symptoms include:

   A strong, persistent urge to urinate

   A burning sensation when urinating

   Passing frequent, small amounts of urine

   Urine that appears cloudy

   Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored a sign of blood in the urine

   Strong-smelling urine

  Symptoms are signs that the disease has spread to the kidneys or the upper urinary tract. Infection that has spread here is a more serious problem that requires prompt treatment.



Causes Of Urinary Tract Infection

  The vast majority of urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), usually found in the digestive system. Chlamydia and mycoplasma bacteria can infect the urethra but not the bladder.

  The urinary Tract Infection are given different names depending on where they include:

   Bladder infection is called cystitis.

   Urethra infection is called urethritis.

   Kidney infection is called pyelonephritis.

Risk Factors of Urinary Tract Infection

  Risk factors for UTIs include:

  Recent urinary procedure Urinary surgery or an exam of your urinary tract that involves medical instruments can both increase your risk of developing a urinary tract infection.

  Suppressed immune system Diabetes and other diseases that impair the immune system the body's defense against germs can increase the risk of UTIs.

  Urinary tract abnormalities Babies born with urinary tract abnormalities that don't allow urine to leave the body normally or cause urine to back up in the urethra have an increased risk of UTIs.

  Blockages in the urinary tract Kidney stones or an enlarged prostate can trap urine in the bladder and increase the risk of UTIs.

  Catheter use People who can't urinate on their own and use a tube (catheter) to urinate have an increased risk of UTIs. This may include people who are hospitalized, people with neurological problems that make it difficult to control their ability to urinate and people who are paralyzed.

  Most UTI risk factors for men are the same as those for women. However, having an enlarged prostate is one risk factor for a UTI that’s unique to men.

Treatment for Urinary Tract Infection

  It’s very important to treat a UTI the earlier, the better untreated Urinary Tract Infection become more and more severe the more further they spread. The Urinary Tract Infection is usually easiest to treat in the lower urinary tract. An infection that spreads to the upper urinary tract is much more difficult to treat and is more likely to spread into your blood, causing sepsis. This is a life-threatening event. If you suspect that you have a UTI, contact our doctor as soon as possible. A simple examination and urine or blood test could save you a lot of trouble in the long run.To cure a UTI that is caused by problems within the urinary system, the underlying issue needs to be found and corrected. If left untreated, these infections can lead to kidney damage. Heng kang Clinic always prioritize this kind of health problem.



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