UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) - Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are bacterial infections that affect the kidneys, urinary bladder, and ureters. These are one of the most common infections which require a doctor visit every year.
UTI is divided into –
Women are at a higher risk of developing UTI as compared to men. Every 1 in 2 women has the risk to develop UTI in her lifespan, with many women having recurrent infections.
Most UTIs occur due to infection with the bacterium E. coli, present in the digestive tract. Chlamydia and mycoplasma are known to infect the only urethra. Infection in different organs is named differently.
If symptoms of UTI are observed, the doctor asks for urine tests to be done. If the urine sample shows the presence of bacteria, red blood cells, and white blood cells, you are likely to have urinary tract infection.
If the patient is diagnosed with recurrent infections, the investigator may request further diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of disease.
Complete the full course of antibiotic therapy (even when you feel better after a few doses of medication) to avoid antibiotic resistance and re-infection.
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