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Urine Infection: Everything you need to know about urinary tract infection

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LAST UPDATED: Dec. 30, 2020, 5:10 p.m.

NEW DELHI (DIVYA SAINI):  Every part of the body is susceptible to infection and our body has self healing power. But when it gets uncomfortable and if untreated it becomes serious. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in the urinary system due to microbes that enter the bladder through the urethra. Sometimes it can get into your kidneys and for that seeking treatment is important. Infections if caused in the upper tract are not so common, but if it happens it gets much more serious.

The most common cause of UTIs is a bacterium, fungus infections and even viruses and many people all around the world suffers from UTI and it’s not surprising at all for humans.

Causes of a urinary tract infection are:

The main cause of a UTI is bacteria or microbes which enters the urethra and cause the infections, but there are more causes that increase the risk of infection. Some common risk factors include:

1 Previous history of UTIs

2 Kidney stones

3 Diabetes

4 Prolonged immobility or bed rest

5 Weakened immune systems

6 Pregnancy

7 The use of catheters over long periods of time

8 Enlarged prostate

9 Certain types of cancer

10 Age

 

Common Signs and Symptoms

It is most likely to happen in adults and the symptoms are also similar in everyone. The most common symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection include:

1 A burning sensation during urination

2 Intense feeling to urinate

3 Dark yellow urine

4 A bad odor from urine

5 Blood in urine

6 Persistent fatigue

7 Shakiness

8 Extreme pressure in your lower abdomen

Some other and less common symptoms include:

1 Fever

2 Nausea

3 Vomiting

4 Chills

5 Pain or tenderness in the area of kidneys

How to prevent the urinary tract infection:

1 Emptying your bladder when you need to

2 Opting for showers rather than baths

3 Cleaning your genitals before the intercourse

4 Keeping your genital area dry and if you feel sweat try cleaning it more often

5 Avoiding wearing tight fitting clothing

6 Using the bathroom immediately after physical activity

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