URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS (UTI)
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) occur in both children and adults, and they are especially common in older adults and women. These infections can be located in the bladder, urethra or kidney, with infections involving the kidneys being the most serious.
Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
blood in the urine (hematuria)
pain while urinating.
Most UTIs can be quickly resolved with antibiotic medications. It also helps to drink copious amounts of water in order to flush your system of the bad bacteria.
A UTI diagnosis can be made from a simple urine sample that is tested in the lab. While some people may have a genetic predisposition that causes them to get frequent urinary tract infections, in other cases, the actual structure of a patient’s urinary tract is to blame. Other factors that may increase a person’s likelihood of developing a UTI include having diabetes, being pregnant, having a compromised immune system, the presence of kidney stones and spinal injuries.