Urinary Tract Infection

The urinary tract highlighted in the human body

Urinary tract infections, or "UTIs", are infections that affect the bladder and/or the kidneys.

Symptoms:

  • Burning when you urinate
  • Needing to urinate frequently
  • Blood in the urine
  • Fever or feeling unwell
  • Back pain
  • Nausea or vomiting

Diagnosis:

  • Start with contacting your family doctor or walk in clinic. They may order urine tests and will initiate treatment.

Treatment:

  • Most urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotic medications. Bladder infections are typically treated for 3-7 days, depending on your medical history. Kidney infections may require hospitalization or intravenous antibiotics.

Prevention:

  • Drink more fluid, especially water! (Your urine should be clear like water coming out of the tap)
  • Urinate every 2-3 hours, even before you feel like you have to go
  • Ensure you are having a bowel movement daily
  • Urinate after sex
  • Vaginal estrogen for women who have gone through menopause

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