10 Facts About UTI That You Need To Know

10 Facts About UTI That You Need To Know

Our V-Journal Editor has picked up 10 facts about UTI that we think you need to know. 

  1. UTI stands for urinary tract infection, which is an infection that affects any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra.

  2. UTIs are more common in women than in men due to the shorter length of the female urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder.

  3. The most common cause of UTIs is the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), which is normally found in the digestive system but can enter the urinary tract and cause infection.

  4. Symptoms of a UTI may include a strong, persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation while urinating, passing frequent, small amounts of urine, cloudy or strong-smelling urine, and pelvic pain in women.

  5. UTIs can be diagnosed through a urine culture, where a sample of urine is tested for the presence of bacteria or other infectious agents.

  6. Drinking plenty of water and urinating frequently can help flush out bacteria and reduce the risk of UTIs.

  7. Wiping from front to back after using the toilet can help prevent the spread of bacteria from the anal area to the urethra, reducing the risk of UTIs.

  8. Sexual activity can increase the risk of UTIs in women due to the close proximity of the urethra to the anus and the potential introduction of bacteria during sexual intercourse.

  9. UTIs can be treated with antibiotics, which are prescribed based on the specific bacteria causing the infection and the individual's medical history.

  10. If left untreated, UTIs can lead to more severe complications, such as kidney infections, which may cause back pain, fever, and nausea. It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have a UTI.

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