The symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) are not pleasant and in some cases, they can be quite painful. The discomfort can even disrupt your daily activities.
If you want to prevent a UTI from occurring in the first place, it’s important to understand the causes. And learning the symptoms can also help you recognize when you do have one so you can get the treatment you need. Here is everything you should know about a UTI.
What Is a UTI?
Cleveland clinic explains, “a urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system.” It can happen anywhere in your urinary tract including your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. That said, most UTIs involve the bladder and urethra in the lower tract.
While UTIs can be unpleasant, they are very common. In fact, 1 out of 5 women will experience a UTI in their lifetime. UTIs may be common in women, but they can also happen to anyone including men, older adults, and even children.