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Uti - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is UTI?

UTI or Urinary Tract Infection mostly happen when bacteria enter our urinary track through the urethra and begins to spread and multiple inside the bladder. Although our urinary system has got its own defenses, but it sometimes fails to resist the invaders. When this happens, bacteria take hold on our body and then grow into a full-blown infection inside the urinary track. UTI, most commonly occur among women.

UTI is of two types like:

  • Cystitis or infection of the bladder
  • Urethritis or the infection of the urethra
  • Cystitis is usually caused by E. coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria which are commonly found in the GI (Gastro Intestinal) track. Although you don’t have to sexually active to develop this disease, but many a times sexual intercourse can be held responsible for this disease. In fact, all women are at a risk of this disease, more because of their anatomy, whereby they have a short distance from the urethra to the anus.Urethritis on the other hand occurs when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia and mycoplasma also enhances the possibility of this disease.

The risk factors that affect the UTIs are:

  • Babies born with urinary track abnormalities that don’t allow the urine to leave the body in a normal way, causes the urine to go back in the urethra have an increased risk of developing this disease.
  • Enlarged prostate or kidney stones can trap urine in the bladder, which can increase the risk of this illness.
  • Diseases that impair our immune system like diabetes, AIDS, cancer and others, which reduces our body’s defense against germs and bacteria can increase the risk of developing a UTI.
  • Examination of the urinary track that involves the use of medical instruments or a recent urinary surgery, both can even increase the chance of falling a prey to this disease.
  • When treated promptly, UTIs that happens in the lower part of the urinary track rarely leads to any major complications. But when UTIs are left untreated this infection can lead to serious consequences.

Complications :

Complications of a UTI can create permanent kidney damage from pyelonephritis (chronic kidney infection) which can happen because of an untreated UTI.Pregnant women with UTI can give birth to premature infants, with low birth weight.Urethral stricture or narrowing can happen in men who suffer from recurrent urethritis.According to the experts, women, those who have experienced three or more UTIs are susceptible to recurrent UTI infections.

Sepsis can also happen when this infection is left untreated and can create life threatening complications under such circumstances.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test sometimes required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
Pelvic pain and increased urge for urination. Back pain, which can result to nausea and vomiting. Blood found in the urine. Fever, which doesn’t seem to subside with normal anti-fever medications.

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I have face the problem in my toilet area, means I am go to toilet 10 to 13 times for a whole night I am go to 4 to 5 times, whenever I am go to more times in a toilet after 10 to 12 times I feel burn in my penis, I have done all tst but no sugar and infection r there in my urine. So please tell me the reason and solution in mu mail id. Regards,

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What is UTI?

UTI is of two types like:

The risk factors that affect the UTIs are:

Complications :

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