Have you ever felt that pain, burning sensation after you pee? You feel like, You can do anything to avoid getting another.
Urinary tract infection is caused due to infection in urethra, urinary bladder or kidneys by a bacteria like E.coli. More than 50% women experience UTI in their lifetime. Shorter urethra in women facilitates bacteria to reach bladder easily and cause infection. According to American Association, 10 out of 25 women experience UTI when compared to 3 out of 25 men.
People of all ages develop this infection but women between 19 to 60+ ages are more prone to this infection. You are more likely to get infected after menopause. After menopause, there is a change in PH of the vagina which makes it bacteria friendly.
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You don’t have to panic when you see the symptoms of UTI as it is absolutely treatable with antibiotics.
Symptoms of UTI:
Being aware of symptoms increases the chances of early treatment and fewer complications. So, here are 8 symptoms of UTI you must know.
1. You feel like peeing all the time:
You have an irritable and overactive bladder. Visiting bathroom more than 8 times in 24 hours is a symptom of UTI infection. You are urged to pee constantly due to irritation caused by bacteria in the urethra and urinary bladder.
2. Your urine is cloudy:
Urine has byproducts that have to be eliminated from food, medicines, drinks you have had. It is a cause for concern when your urine is not clear yellow or light colored. In this infection, urine looks cloudy with whitish debris.
3. Your urine appears red or pink in color:
This unusual red or pink color of urine is due to the presence of bacteria or blood in your urine. You definitely should visit a doctor if you notice bloody urine as it can be also a symptom of a more serious condition like bladder/kidney cancer or kidney stones.
4. Bad odor pee:
Usually, urine doesn’t have a bad odor. If you are infected with UTI your urine has the pungent odor. Food like coffee, asparagus, and even certain medications cause nasty odors urine. But if you get to pee smelly urine even after avoiding food that causes smelly urine, it must be one of the symptoms of UTI.
5. It pains and burns when you pee:
Pain and burning sensation when you pee is the most common symptom of UTI. If pain and burning don’t continue throughout the day it means your body has removed the infection.Pain is felt in the urethra or in an area surrounding genital is called perineum. This occurs due to irritation, inflammation, and damage caused by a lining of bladder and urethra by bacteria.
6. Pain in the abdomen or pelvic region:
Pain, muscle aches, cramping are symptoms seen in elderly women. Sometimes a type of pain experienced can indicate the place of infection. Painting back or side indicates a kidney infection. A pressure in the pelvic area or lower abdomen is the symptom of a bladder infection.
7. Loss of appetite:
Loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea can be a reason for other infection as well. If you experience them along with infections like burning when you pee and frequent visit to the bathroom this shows that you have UTI.
8. Fever and Fatigue:
Fever shows that you are under serious infection. When body deletes any infection it goes into the state of inflammation with protective measures which release interleukins, WBC which causes fatigue feeling you may experience fever over 101°F or get chills or night sweats. Which indicates that the infection had spread to the kidney and you need treatment immediately.
Being born as a woman is not less than a gift but UTI makes life painful and causes the disturbance in daily life. Antibiotics can be taken to treat this problem and if the infection or symptoms continue to show you need to consult a doctor.
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