Symptoms, remedies, treatments and care for UTI
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system - kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract - the bladder and the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men are. Infection to the bladder can be painful and annoying. Upper tract UTIs affect the kidneys. These can be potentially life threatening if bacteria move from the infected kidney into the blood. This condition, called urosepsis, can cause dangerously low blood pressure, shock, and death.
Most UTIs are caused by bacteria, but some are caused by fungi and in rare cases by viruses. UTIs are among the most common infections in humans.
Symptoms of a lower tract UTI include burning with urination, frequent urination without passing much urine, bloody urine, cloudy urine, urine with strong odor, pelvic pain and rectal pain. Symptoms of an upper tract UTI include pain and tenderness in the upper back and sides, chills, fever, nausea and vomiting.
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