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No More Urinary Tract Infections?

It is extremely important to diagnose and treat UTI in the initial stages to avoid complications


A urinary tract infection can affect one or more parts of the urinary tract from the kidneys to the urethra. This infection is highly treatable with timely diagnosis and proper care. Symptoms of urinary tract infection are more common in women as their urethra is smaller and closer to the anus (as compared to men). This makes the spreading of germs and bacteria easy, increasing the susceptibility to infection. In men urinary tract infection, though rare, is generally a symptom of some other underlying condition. Statistically almost 60% of women will have a UTI at least once in their life, statistically by the age of 40, and over 20% of men are likely to suffer a UTI when after the age 50.
UTIs are even common in kids under 6 years of age. If the symptoms of a urinary tract infection are not treated well and in time, a simple UTI can develop into a severe problem or even a life threating complication like Sepsis or kidney damage.
It is extremely important to diagnose and treat UTI in the initial stages to avoid complications. This can be achieved only if the patient consults a doctor when they notice the very first symptoms. Though all patients with UTIs do not share the same symptoms, there are cases where the infection exists without any noticeable symptoms.

Be aware of  some of common signs that indicate a UTI in most patients.
1.      Pain or burning sensation while urinating.
2.      Constant or increased urge to urinate but not much urination (passing of urine).
3.      Feeling that the bladder is full even after urinating.
4.      Discolored, bloody, cloudy or very smelly urine.
5.      More frequent urination, even during the night.
6.      Heaviness of the lower abdomen.
7.      Nausea and vomiting.
8.      Fever and chills.
9.      Flank pain - pain on one side below the ribs where the kidneys are.
10.  In elderly – mental changes or confusion
11.  In men – rectal pain
12.  In women – pelvic pain
13.  In children – Newborns: fever, hypothermia, poor appetite, jaundice; Infants: fever, vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea; older children: poor appetite, unexplained fever, loss of bowel control, and change in urination pattern.
Different parts of the urinary tract give rise to different symptoms of urinary tract infection. For example flank or groin pain, fever, nausea is more common when kidney(s) is/are infected. An infected bladder is more likely to make urination painful and bloody along with pelvic/rectal pain and uneasiness. A burning sensation while urinating is generally associated with the infection of urethra. Many times the symptoms of a UTI can be confused with those of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). So it is absolutely necessary to consult a doctor.
Urinary tract infection symptoms are almost the same in men and women. The most common signals are:
·         Pain or burning sensation while urinating
·         Frequent need to eliminate urine
·         One may even wake up from sleep to urinate
·         Pressure or pain in lower abdomen
·         Bad smell in urine
·         Leak of urine (incontinence)
·         Strong need to urinate with very little urine

In more severe conditions of UTI one may also feel pain in the lower back, vomiting and fever. Mid to lower back pain during UTI can possibly indicate that the infection has spread to the kidneys and this condition must immediately be checked by a medical practitioner.
Pregnant women might not get any visible symptoms of urinary tract infection though they are highly susceptible to it. So it is necessary that they are examined for it frequently during their prenatal checkups. A failure to do so might have serious consequences. The infection might spread to the patient’s bloodstream and get life threatening. It can adversely affect the birth weight of the baby and has often been linked to newborn mortality.
In most cases the symptoms of UTI go away after a couple days of treatment but this does not indicate the alleviation of the infection. The physician prescribed course of medication needs to be completed for proper eradication of the infection or it is likely to recur and become severe.
Do not neglect even the slightest symptoms if you suspect you may have a urinary tract infection. Contact your physician for a professional diagnosis. Do not neglect even the slightest symptoms. Go here now, and learn:


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