UNIRARY TRACT INFECTION
A urinary tract infection (CITI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men. Infection limited to your bladder can painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a CITI spreads to
your kidneys. Urinary tract infections don’t always cause signs and symptoms, but when they do they may include:
- A strong, prsistent urge to urinate
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- urine that cloudy
- urine that red, bright pink or cola-colored —a sign in the urine
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain, in women — especially in the center of the pelvis and around the of the pubic bone.
UTIs may be overlooked or mistaken for other conditions in older adults. The most common UT’s æcur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra.
- Infection of the bladder (cystitis). This of LITI is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (Gl) tract. However, sometimes other bacteria are responsible. Sexual intercourse may lead to cystitis, but you don’t have to sexually active to develop it. All women are at risk of cystitis because of their anatomy — specifically, the short distance from the urethra to the anus and the urethral opening to the bladder.
- Infection of the urethra (urethritis). This of CITI can occur when Gl Bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. Also, because the female urethra is close to the vagina, sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia and mycoplasma, can cause urethritis.