The urinary system’s role is to get rid of waste in the body and to help filter your blood. The urinary tract is the body’s drainage system for removing urine. There are different parts of the urinary tract system, and each has an important job. The system includes two kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, and a urethra. A person with a UTI (urinary tract infection) has an infection in any part of the urinary system like the kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra. There are two types of UTIs: upper and lower. Upper UTIs affect the kidneys or ureters. Those cases are rare but should be taken seriously. The majority of UTI infections are in the lower part of the urinary system and happen in the bladder or urethra. Below, Happy Urology will discuss the beginning symptoms of UTI and other important information on this type of infection.
UTIs are caused by bacteria from the outside entering the tract and causing inflammation and infection. In some situations, an STD can cause a UTI. Some other risk factors for people to get a UTI are an enlarged prostate, diabetes, and old age. You can also receive a UTI from having oral sex and anal sex. The bacteria from a person can get into the urethra, causing an infection. Outside causes are the most common, but bacteria can live on the skin around the rectum or vagina.
The following symptoms are common in people who have a UTI in the lower part of the body:
Upper UTI symptoms are:
You should see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. If not treated right away, a UTI can lead to more serious problems.
Having a UTI can be a painful experience, and if not treated right away, you have the risk of damage to your kidneys. Treating your UTI is simple. Just go to your doctor, and they will provide antibiotics to help. How fast do antibiotics work for UTIs? Your symptoms will normally pass within 3 to 5 days. Even if you are feeling better after a few days, it is highly recommended to finish the whole prescription of antibiotics. Drinking lots of water can help you feel better.
UTIs are a widespread infection, and prevention can help you reduce your chances of not getting them. Luckily you can learn how to avoid getting a UTI. A way you can prevent a UTI is by wearing a condom during sex, even if it’s oral or anal sex. Drinking cranberry juice can also help reduce your chance of a UTI. Set up an appointment with your urologist to help with any questions.
If you are in the South Florida area and need Urological service, come on into Happy Urology for a visit. We will help you with any questions or concerns that you may have. Our many services provide the best urological care for both women and mens health.