What Is a Urinary Tract Infection? A urinary tract infection occurs when there is an infection somewhere in your urinary system, such as in the kidneys, ureters, bladder and/or urethra. While anyone can suffer from a urinary tract infection, women are more susceptible to UTIs than men.
Causes of a Urinary Tract Infection
- Bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli)
- Mycoplasma bacteria
What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?Every UTI will present differently, so what you experience may be different from what someone else does. If you have a UTI, you’ll likely experience pain or discomfort, along with urine-related symptoms, like an increased need to urinate, bloody or cloudy urine, or an odor.
Treatment for UTIs
- Take antibiotics as prescribed.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Apply a heating pad to the pelvic region.
- Take pain relievers as necessary for discomfort.