What is a urinary tract infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract and multiplies. The infection can occur in any part of your urinary system:
Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract or in the vagina causes most of the UTIs.
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
Different types of UTIs produce various symptoms. You may not experience any symptoms with a urinary tract infection, or you may notice:
A persistent urge to urinate
Pain or burning while urinating
Strong-smelling, cloudy, or bloody urine
Untreated, a UTI causes additional medical complications when the infection spreads to other parts of the body, especially the kidneys. If the infection enters the kidneys, you may require hospitalization.
Are treatments available for UTIs?
Dr. Asfouri may prescribe antibiotics to cure the UTI or recommend medication to relieve the pain and burning sensations when you urinate. Chronic UTIs can recur frequently and might not respond to routine treatment requiring further investigation.