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What should you know about a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

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A urinary tract infection (UTI) affects your urinary tract. That’s the system through which your body gets rid of waste and extra water.

UTIs are most often caused by bacteria, but they can also be brought on by fungi or viruses. Normally, your body gets rid of these germs before they cause a problem. But if the germs win, you can get a painful UTI.

If you’ve ever had one, you know the telltale signs: an intense urge to pee, having to pee more often, peeing very little when you go, and a burning sensation when you pee. If you think you have a UTI, see your doctor. They’ll find out whether your symptoms are caused by that or something else. They’ll also be able to prescribe antibiotics to treat it if needed.

Can’t wait to find out if you have a UTI? A home test can help you find out faster.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Urinary Tract Infection.” 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Urinary Tract Infection in Adults.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Urinary Tract Infection Fact Sheet.”

Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care: “Reliability of Dipstick Assay in Predicting Urinary Tract Infection.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 7, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Urinary Tract Infection.” 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Urinary Tract Infection in Adults.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Urinary Tract Infection Fact Sheet.”

Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care: “Reliability of Dipstick Assay in Predicting Urinary Tract Infection.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 7, 2020

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