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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

An infection of the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra affects about 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men at some point in their lives.

What causes a urinary tract infection?

Bacteria that enter the urinary tract, such as E coli from the bowels, are often removed by the body before the onset of symptoms, but sometimes this is not the case and an infection results.

Symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection includes painful or burning urination, abnormal urination patterns, lower abdominal pain and fever. Symptoms of an upper urinary tract infection includes fever about 101 degrees, shaking, chills, nausea, vomiting and pain in the back and side.

How is a urinary tract infection treated?

Following diagnosis, antibiotics can be prescribed to fight the bacteria that is causing the infection. Medication may be needed for a week or longer while drinking fluids and urinating frequently can speed healing.