A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system but occurs most often in the bladder and urethra. UTIs cause painful burning during urination, urinary urge and pelvic discomfort.
SYMPTOMS OF A URINARY TRACT INFECTION
- Urinary urgency - The feeling that you constantly have to urinate even when little or no urine flows out
- Pain for burning sensation during urination
- Urine that has a small amount of blood or looks cloudy
- Foul-smelling urine
- Abdominal or flank/lower back pain - Pelvic pain accompanied by a fever or chills may indicate a kidney infection and should be immediately brought to the attention of a physician.
TREATING AND PREVENTIon
Most urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract. The most common treatment for a UTI is a course of antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the infection.
- For men, practice safe sex by wearing a condom
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Natural remedies - Vitamin C can be taken to acidify urine and help kill bacteria that cause UTIs and cranberry extract may prevent bacteria from attaching to inner lining of the bladder.