Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. These are the structures that urine passes through before being eliminated from the body. A urinary tract infection occurs when one or more parts of the urinary systems, kidney ureters, bladder or urethra become infected with pathogen most frequently bacteria. UTI most commonly occur in female about 50% of all female get a
UTI during their lifetime. Many UTI are not serious but if infection reaches the kidney, serious illness and even death can occur (medicinenet).
Possible signs of a urinary tract infection include, A burning sensation or pain when you urinate, Feeling like you need to urinate more often than usual, Feeling the urge to urinate but not being able to,
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Some individuals may have few or no symptoms.
And second infections are when bladder infections do not resolve and get worse with the pathogens moving up the ureters to the kidneys.
Anything that reduces bladder emptying or irritates the urinary tract can cause
UTIs. Many factors can put someone at risk. Gender, sexual activity, bathroom hygiene,
Spermicides, Condoms, Diaphragms, Diabetes, Loss of Estrogen and Prolonged Use of
Bladder Catheters are the risk factors that can cause UTI.
Women tend to get urinary tract infections more often than men because bacteria can reach the bladder more easily in women. The urethra is shorter in women than in men, so bacteria have a shorter distance to travel. The urethra is located near the rectum in women. Bacteria from the rectum can easily travel up the urethra and cause infections.

Bacteria from the rectum are more likely to get into the urethra if you wipe from back to front (instead of front to back) after a bowel movement. Pregnant women seem to get
UTIs more than other women. However, because when a UTI occur in pregnant women it is more likely to travel to the kidneys. According to some reports, about 4 to 5 percent

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