Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Urinary Tract Infection - harmful bacteria get into your bladder or kidneys and cause noticeable symptoms.
Bacteriuria - having bacteria in the urine but no symptoms.

UTI From Outside Bacteria

Whenever outside bacteria from parts of the body like the digestive tract, skin or elsewhere get into the bladder, the bacteria can grow and multiply in the urine if the urine remains in the bladder for a prolonged amount of time (more than 4-6 hours). You can avoid this by emptying your bladder at least once every 6 hours and by drinking enough fluids to keep the urine volume between 300 and 500 cc (1 to 1.5 cups). Most UTIs arise from one type of bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. coli), which normally lives in the colon and is often contracted from sitting on toilets.

Physical UTI Symptoms

Not everyone exhibits physical symptoms, but most Urinary Tract Infection patients report at least some of the following:

Some complications cause distended bladder due to inflammation.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Risk

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Types of Urinary Tract Infections

Avoiding UTI

You can take these steps to avoid an infection:

Infections in Pregnancy

A pregnant woman who develops a UTI should be treated promptly to avoid premature delivery of her baby and other risks such as high blood pressure.

Infections in Men

Prostate infections (chronic bacterial prostatitis) are harder to cure because antibiotics are unable to penetrate infected prostate tissue effectively. For this reason, men with prostatitis often need long-term treatment with a carefully selected antibiotic. UTIs in older men are frequently associated with acute bacterial prostatitis, which can have serious consequences if not treated urgently.

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