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Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Many of us have heard the term “UTI” or a urinary tract infection, but what does it really mean? The urinary system consists of the urethra, kidneys, or bladder, all of which can become infected in some way. UTIs are more prevalent in women, as well as people who require regular catherization.
Even though UTIs are common, it’s still an infection and should be taken seriously. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms and contact or visit your healthcare provider in order to initiate treatment as soon as possible.

Symptoms may include:

  1. Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  2. More frequent urination, even when little comes out
  3. Bladder spasms
  4. Cloudy urine/dark colored or possibly blood-tinged
  5. Unusual odour
  6. Back pain
  7. Fever or chills

Bacterial growth and inflammation of the lining of the bladder can lead to bladder spasms and lower abdominal pain. This can lead to more frequent urination. Back pain may indicate that there is a kidney infection and treatment should be sought immediately.

To confirm the infection, your healthcare provider will take a urine sample. Treatment typically includes a prescription antibiotic and drinking lots of water!

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