A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system and is usually caused by bacteria.
When a person has a UTI, they need to see a doctor as soon as possible. If left untreated, it can spread to the kidneys and make it very difficult to treat.
Signs and symptoms of a UTI may include:
Some people are at greater risk than others of developing a UTI. This includes:
Many people find they can avoid UTIs by:
They may need to visit a specialist doctor, such as a urogynaecologist, urologist or renal physician. They may also want to look at the issue further by:
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Common signs and symptoms of a UTI are:
There is a greater risk of having a UTI if the person:
Some people can avoid UTIs by:
For ongoing UTIs, doctors may look into the issues further by:
This information is not a substitute for independent professional advice.