Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Urinary tract infections are infections that may occur in the urethra, the bladder or the kidneys.
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection may include:
- Burning/scalding when passing urine
- Frequency and urgency
- Offensive urine
- Pain above the pubic bone
- Presence of blood in the urine
- Flank pain (if kidney infection)
Urinary tract infections may occur when a microorganism enters the urethra and then may travel further into the bladder or kidneys. The most common type of infection is Escherichia Coli. This organism happily lives in the anal region but if it comes into contact with the urethra, an infection develops.
Risk factors associated with urinary tract infections include:
- Women who are sexually active
- People with indwelling catheters
- People who perform intermittent catheters
- People who do not empty their bladder completely
- Men with enlarged prostates
Early treatment of urinary tract infections can help prevent the infection spreading to the kidneys.
At North Eastern Urology, our doctors are able to provide expert advice and treatment and management of urinary tract infections.