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What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of any part of the urinary system including the kidneys, bladder, and urethra. UTIs are very common in the bladder and urethra and are typically treated with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. Infections of the kidney can be very serious and may require immediate medical attention. 

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UTI Symptoms

Signs of a UTI include: 

 

  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Urine that appears red or pink
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Fever or chills
  • Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get a UTI?

Urinary tract infections usually occur when bacteria get into the urinary system through the urethra. A common cause of UTIs is when Escherichia coli (E. coli), a bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract, enters the urinary system. E. coli can infect the bladder and the urethra. Although sexual intercourse may be the cause of some urinary tract infections, you do not need to be sexually active to develop a UTI. Other risk factors include:

  • Certain types of birth control
    Women experiencing menopause
  • A suppressed immune system
  • Catheter use
  • Kidney stones
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Recent urinary procedure

What are UTI symptoms in women?

Women with a lower urinary tract infection (an infection of the bladder or urethra) may experience pelvic pain. On the whole, symptoms of a UTI are very similar in women vs men and include a persistent urge to pee and a burning sensation while urinating. However, women are at greater risk of developing a UTI as they have shorter urethras. This shortens the distance bacteria must travel to enter the urinary tract and is why women are advised to wipe from front to back. 

What are UTI symptoms in men?

UTI symptoms in men vs women are nearly the same. In some instances, a man with a lower urinary tract infection may experience abnormal rectal pain. Men are less likely to get UTIs than women. 

What are the antibiotics for a UTI?

UTI medicine is typically the most effective way to seek immediate relief from infection symptoms. Some of the best antibiotics for a UTI include: 

  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, others)
  • Fosfomycin (Monurol)
  • Nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin, Macrobid)
  • Cephalexin (Keflex)
  • Amoxicillin/potassium clavulanate (Augmentin)
  • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
  • Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
  • Ceftriaxone

What are some home remedies for a UTI?

There are no home remedies that can safely and completely cure a urinary tract infection. While cranberries are often hailed as a popular remedy, the research on their effect on UTIs is mixed. TO cure a UTI you should meet with a doctor for an official treatment plan. The best and most effective home remedies focus on preventing UTIs, not curing them. These include:

  • Staying hydrated to strengthen your immune system
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Wiping from front to back
  • Urinating after sex
  • Avoiding potentially irritating feminine products

How can I get UTI treatment online?

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