Urinary Tract Infection

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A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in your urinary system, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.

UTIs are usually caused by bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, that enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply. Symptoms of a UTI may include:

  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate.
  • A burning sensation when urinating.
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine.
  • Urine that appears cloudy or bloody.
  • Strong-smelling urine.

If left untreated, a UTI can spread to the kidneys and cause more serious health problems. Therefore, it is important to see a healthcare provider if you think you may have a UTI. Treatment typically involves antibiotics.