Urinary Tract Infection
What is a Urinary Tract Infection?
A urinary tract infection is the inflammation of the urinary bladder or urethra. In most cases, it is caused by a bacterial infection. Urinary tract infections are very common.
A urinary tract infection is also called a bladder infection, cystitis or a UTI.
Urinary tract infections usually occur in females because their urethra is shorter and closer to the anus, however, it can occur in males. Males that develop urinary tract infections are often uncircumcised boys.
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection may vary. Young children with urinary tract infections may only have a fever, or may have no symptoms.
What Causes a Urinary Tract Infection?
A urinary tract infection is usually caused when bacteria enter the urethra and bladder and cause inflammation and infection.
In normal conditions, the urethra and bladder have no bacteria. When bacteria enters the bladder, it is usually removed during urination.
Some of the most common causes of urinary tract infections are:
Risks of Developing a Urinary Tract Infection
Some activities and conditions can increase your risk of developing a urinary tract infections. The most common risks are:
Can a Urinary tract infection be Treated?
Urinary tract infections can be treated. Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to control the infection.
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