urinary tractinfection

overview

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection anywhere in your urinary tract. This includes your kidneys, bladder, the tubes that carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder (ureters) and the tube that connects your bladder to the outside of your body (urethra). 

UTIs occur most often in your bladder and urethra. They’re typically painful and annoying, though they’re not harmful unless the infection spreads to your kidneys. Women are more likely to develop UTIs, though men can get them, too.

symptoms

If you have a UTI, your symptoms may include: 

  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • Cloudy urine
  • Feeling a strong urge to urinate that doesn’t go away even after you urinate
  • Frequent urination, often in small amounts
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain in women 
  • Pink, red or brown urine, which is a sign that you have blood in your urine (hematuria)
  • Rectal pain in men

services & treatment

Your Aurora urologist will talk with you about your symptoms and take a urine sample to test for bacteria, white blood cells or blood. If you have frequent UTIs, your doctor might recommend additional imaging tests or inserting a scope into your bladder to find out what’s causing the problem.

Once you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor will work with you to decide on the right treatment to meet your needs. Most UTIs can be cured with antibiotics. If you have frequent UTIs, your doctor may recommend a longer course of antibiotics or – if you’re a woman – single-dose antibiotics after sexual intercourse or vaginal estrogen therapy.

If your infection is severe, you may need to stay in the hospital for IV antibiotics and round-the-clock care to prevent kidney damage.

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