Urinary tract infection (UTI), its symptoms (part 1)


A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men. Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys.

Symptoms:

•    A strong, persistent urge to urinate

•    A burning sensation when urinating

•    Passing frequent, small amounts of urine

•    Urine that appears cloudy

•    Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored — a sign of blood in the urine

•    Strong-smelling urine

•    Pelvic pain, in women — especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone

UTIs may be overlooked or mistaken for other conditions in older adults.

    Courtesy: Mayo Clinic