A urinary tract infection is caused by bacterial growth anywhere along the urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, urethra or ureters. It’s a common problem, resulting in more than 8 million visits to health care providers each year. Nearly half of all women will experience a UTI at some point in their lives.
Symptoms of a UTI can include:
- Burning or pain with urination
- Blood in the urine
- Frequent urges to urinate
- Foul-smelling and/or cloudy urine
- Redness in the genital area
- Low back pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fever and chills.
If you think you have a UTI, Dr. Carter says it’s very important to be evaluated by a health care professional. A urinalysis will be conducted to determine if bacteria is growing in the urinary tract. If so, a course of oral antibiotics will be prescribed.