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
cloudy, bloody or smelly urine
Signs and symptoms of a more serious kidney infection might also include;
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