Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) a common infection of any part of the urinary system – kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Women experience UTIs at a significantly higher rate than men.

Most UTIs are confined to the lower urinary tract – the bladder and the urethra. UTI’s in bladder and urethra, while they can be painful and annoying, usually don’t cause any serious complications. However, if the infection spreads to the kidneys it is important to seek medical advice as this can have more serious consequences.

Signs and symptoms of a UTI might include;

  • urgent and frequent urination – even if only a few drops
  • burning pain during urination
  • feeling of a full bladder even after urinating
  • abdominal pain
  • cloudy, bloody or smelly urine

Signs and symptoms of a more serious kidney infection might also include;

  • fever and chills
  • lower abdominal and back pain
  • vomiting

For more information;

Better Health Channel 

Kidney Health Australia

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health 

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