A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system. The majority of infections occur in women. While these often only result in mild pain and discomfort, if left untreated, the infection can worsen so it is important to watch out for symptoms and follow preventative recommendations.
The symptoms for a UTI include:
The most common treatment for a UTI is antibiotics. Antibiotics should be taken as directed by a medical provider until all pills are gone. Any adverse symptoms experienced while taking antibiotics should be reported to a medical provider. Antibiotics may have side effects such as fever, rash, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Although UTIs are fairly common, there are steps one can take to help prevent them.
If a UTI is suspected in a patient, contact their primary care physician as soon as possible.
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