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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

A UTI occurs when bacteria enters and infects the urinary tract. UTIs can affect several parts of the urinary tract, but the most common type of UTI is a bladder infection.

What are the symptoms?

You may feel pain or burning while urinating, frequent urination, feeling the need to urinate even when your bladder is empty, low fever, cloudy or bloody urine, and pressure or cramping in the groin or lower abdomen.

How do I get tested?

Physical exam and/or urine test.

How do I get treated?

Antibiotics. You will also need to drink plenty of water to help the bacteria clear from your body.

What if I don’t treat it?

If you don’t take medicine for a UTI, the UTI can hurt other parts of your body such as your kidneys.

How can I prevent it?

Urinate before and after sexual activity, stay well-hydrated and urinate regularly, take showers instead of baths, and minimize douching and sprays or powders in the genital area.