A short introduction to urinary tract infections (UTI)

Carmen Lobitz
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What is a urinary tract infection? Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are inflammations in the bladder, urethra, ureter or the kidneys (parts of the urinary tract). UTIs are primarily caused by bacteria, especially intestinal bacteria such as E. coli. Usually, the pathogen moves from outside to inside, originating in the urethra.

Women suffer more frequently from bladder infections than men, because the urethra is shorter in females compared to males. The most dangerous risk of a urinary tract infection is a progression of the inflammation to the renal pelvic, which may harm the kidneys. Thus, it is very important to consult a doctor promptly. Without a physician‘s care, the risk of suffering from a serious urosepsis increases.

How is a urinary tract infection diagnosed?

Urinary tract infections are often associated with these symptoms:

  • Pain and burning when urinating

  • Urinating often, and passing small amounts of urine

  • Increased urge to urinate

  • Urine that looks cloudy

  • Strong smelling urine

  • Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola–colored; signs of blood in the urine

  • A general…

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