A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The majority of UTIs affect the bladder.
Both women and men are susceptible, but women are more likely to develop a UTI because they have a shorter urethra than men.
It's important to treat UTIs promptly because if left untreated the infection can spread to the kidneys, which is serious and can cause permanent damage.
Common symptoms associated with UTIs include:
If a urinalysis confirms the presence of bacteria, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat your UTI. Your symptoms should clear within a few days. The most commonly prescribed antibiotics are:
To prevent a UTI from developing:
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