What is a UTI?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection caused by bacteria which normally live in the gut (stomach). This bacteria enters the urethra which is a tube that carries pee from the bladder to outside of the body. The bacteria moves up this tube and travels up to infect the bladder.
What does a UTI feel like?
If you have a UTI you can experience:
- Pain or a burning feeling when you pee.
- The need to pee often.
- The need to pee suddenly.
- Blood in the urine.
How do I test for a UTI?
A healthcare provider will be able to tell you have a UTI just from your physical complaints and an examination. They may also take a urine test for bacteria.
How are UTIs treated?
Most urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotics.
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