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The urine is normally sterile. An infection occurs when bacteria get into the urine and begin to grow. The infection usually starts at the opening of the urethra where the urine leaves the body and moves upward into the urinary tract. Common symptoms of a UTI include:
• burning or scalding sensation or lower abdominal discomfort when passing urine
• passing urine much more frequently than usual
• feeling an urge to urinate, but being unable to, or only passing a few drops
• feeling the bladder is still full after urination
• foul smelling urine
• urine that is cloudy, bloody or dark
HOW IS UTI DIAGNOSED?
A general physician diagnoses this condition by the following tests:
1. Urine Routine
2. Urine culture
3. Imaging tests
HOW IS UTI TREATED?
Antibiotics are used to treat UTI.
DID YOU KNOW?
Young children: Young children have trouble wiping themselves and washing their hands well after a bowel movement. Poor hygiene has been linked to an increased frequency of urinary tract infections. Children of all ages: Urinary tract infection in children can be (but is not always) a sign of an abnormality in the urinary tract, usually a partial blockage. An example is a condition in which urine moves backward from the bladder up the ureters (vesicoureteral reflux).