Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a type of infection caused by microbes such as bacteria in the urinary tract. When these microbes overcome the natural defenses and protection offered by the body, they can affect the functioning of the bladder and the kidneys and the ureters in the upper tract and the bladder and the urethra in the lower tract.
What Causes UTI?
Most UTIs are caused by E. coli, the bacterium generally found in the human digestive system. Women are more prone to UTI as they have shorter urethras which allow the bacteria faster and easy access to the bladder especially when women wipe from back to front after using the bathroom.
Bacteria from the large intestine can easily enter the anus and invade the urethra and travel up to the bladder. If the infection remains undetected and untreated, the bacteria can continue their destructive action and infect the kidneys. Even sexual intercourse can introduce bacteria into the urinary tract.
STD Express Clinic offers comprehensive UTI diagnosis and treatment facilities for patients suspected of having a UTI infection. Visit the clinic today and get tested.
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Symptoms Of UTI
The symptoms of a UTI depend on age and gender. It also depends on which and part of the urinary tract is affected. Some of the common symptoms are:
- Urge to urinate frequently
- Change in color and odor of urine
- Pain accompanied by burning sensation while passing urine
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low fever and a cramped feeling in the lower back and abdomen
Not sure if you are infection-free? Are you experiencing any of the above symptoms? Visit STD Express Clinic in Pentagon City to get tested and treated discreetly.
UTI can affect people of any age and gender. However, some people are more prone
to infection than others. The following factors can increase the risk of contracting
- Unprotected and frequent sexual intercourse with multiple partners
- Poor personal hygiene
- Bladder malfunction
- Using a urinary catheter
- Bowel incontinence
- Kidney stones
- Pregnancy and Menopause
- A long period of immobility
- Use of tampons and spermicides
In most cases, the root cause is a bacterial infection. Such UTIs can be treated easily and quickly at STD Express Clinic.