What is a Urinary Tract Infection?
A Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) is an infection within the urinary system. Most UTIs involve the lower urinary tract, the bladder and the urethra.
What causes a urinary tract infection?
UTIs normally occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra. Once inside, bacteria start to grow and multiply in the bladder.
Although both genders can get UTIS, this type of infection occurs mainly in women. This is because a woman has a shorter urethra than men, leading to a shorter distance that bacteria can reach the bladder.
Symptoms of an UTI may include:
How to prevent UTIs?
Contact your PCP immediately if you are experiencing any symptoms or discomfort.